Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Sunday, 18 December 2011

تجريد ملابس فتاة- مجلس الوزراء Public humility & torture on Cairo streets

17.12.2011 Humility and torture on Egyptian streets by the Army to protestors

There are no words to describe the level of torture and humility that Egyptians witnessed over the past 6 months from the Army and the police alike. The bizzare thing is the army officials and police figures claims through the Egyptian media that there has been no violence from their side, no torture, no killings, no use of any weapons. The most crazy claim recently is that these wrong doings (although caught on video/recordings and published online everywhere on Youtube & facebook)- are by a "hidden/unknown" third party who are responsible. The Egyptian peopel hear this on local news everyday and wonder how the army and police think that they can fool the people! How naive do they think we are- is one of the comments published on a facebook page. The videos talk for themselves, the army brutaly kick, hit with sticks, and shoot with guns protestors regardless of age, religion or gender. They do not look where they are hitting and they do not leave the victim/protestor unless they believe he/she is dead!!

These events are sadly ongoing and the number of killings continue to rise as the whole world continues to watch in silence...

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