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.


Saturday, 12 October 2013

Lana Del Rey- Lucky Ones [LYRICS ON SCREEN]


Big sigh at this song... It is true that we always crave to be loved, not just if one is single, but even when one is with a partner or married. Sometimes the heart still craves an emotion that cannot be explained and cannot be found easily. Maybe not straight away at least.

I have been lately wondering how it is so easy for a man to get out and in of love so easily and how a man can love once, twice and for a third time without giving it a second thought. Or Ok, with giving it "some" if at all, thought. What is interesting is the difficulty such a process is when a woman experience exactly the same scenario, would she be able to get in and out of love, switch lovers smoothly and effectively without emotional harm or distress? No, is the clear answer. We seem to get hooked on one person as the centre of attention of our whole universe. It is certainly difficult to imagine touching another man when for a long time- perhaps even for 30 years- one have been with the same person. The truth of the matter is that men can easily switch just like that and start a new life with another woman So why can't we?! Why is our mind rejecting this idea of a stranger who can quickly and soon become a new life partner? I was telling myself it could be that we, women, get too attached, too comfortable perhaps and we fear the new ,the unknown, the different? But then I thought surely this isn't the case with "all" women. Strong women are not going to shrink at the thought of the new other's naked body? A strong woman will welcome the challenge of experiencing yet again everything in love and in love new and for the first time. Just like falling in love over and over and over and over again.... Oh well what the heck! If men can do it, why can't we? HUh!

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