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.


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Islamic University, Al Azhar, president SACKED over food poisoning scandal

Yet another scandal in Egypt to emerge as students of Al Azhar university get food poising from eating rotten chicken that has passed unnoticed. Why am I not surprised?

Just to make it worse, the incident emerged at a time when the whole country is disgusted and furious at the Muslim brotherhood ruling that has gone too far. There are news of groups roaming in the country hitting and torturing people for no reason and unjustified arrests! The president Morsi continues to make the situation worse by his void speeches that only show stupidity, ignorance and more trouble to come for the country. People living in Egypt- my friends and family on a personal level- expressed their concern for the country and for the future that is not looking promising at all. Everyone so far is looking for an opportunity elsewhere to escape the chaos and stupidity of those who now call themselves rulers. Almost 600 students were poisoned and taken to hospital.

More information on the scandal can be found here:

To watch video interview of students on the street press link below:


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