Living the life of one’s own

In her famous essay, “a room of one’s own,” Virginia Wolf argued that women should have a room of their own in which to create and nurture a space of their own. This, after all, the privilege granted to gentlemen for centuries–they read and wrote in their study.

So following that train of thought, I believe that not only do we all, men and women, deserve a room of their own, but also a life of their own. That means, a life unperturbed by the expectations of others or the taboos/stereotypes imposed by the culture/society.

Existence Molders

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Continuing the theme of our role in the world… As opposed to Martin Heidegger’s view of humans as the “Shepherds of Being” introduced in the previous blog entry, Jean-Paul Sartre believed we were masters of our existence, and that we could mold life to our own liking. The sum of our actions makes us who we are. In a way, we draw a portrait of ourselves by the choices of actions we pursue. Continue reading »

We Learn From Stories, Not Theories

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As children we revere and emulate the heroes of books and cartoons: Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Nancy Drew, to name a few. As we grow older, we look for a more “scientific” solution to our problems and seek help in books or individuals who advocate the use of theories that are the key to solving our problems. “If you do x, y, and z, and if you stick to them, you will resolve situation a,” they proclaim. And if you do not manage to follow through the x, y, or z, it is your own failure, not the theory’s. Continue reading »