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Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:48

Work day 2015 (2)

Saturday 28, March 2015.Topic: “Solitude”, organized by Salma Samaha and Azza Sulaiman. 

Venue: Wardieh Café in Hamra.

Is solitude a blessing or a curse? Is it a necessity I seek or  duty with which I have to live or a problem which troubles and ails me?
Albert Einstein:
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Ellen Burstyn: What a lovely surprise to discover how unlovely being alone can be.

Honoré de Balzac: Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.

From all the above, between the positive and the negative aspects of solitude several possibly contradictory questions and concepts are raised that reflect that the means of dealing with solitude and the self differ according to age, experience, internal peace, one’s relation to his/herself, to society and to death.

Therefore we will cite the concepts that were raised in connection with solitude:

Solitude-emptiness: what is solitude? Have you experienced it? Does working alone represent part of the periods of your solitude? Do they represent a void, or a chance to meditate?

How do you face solitude: do you seek it or avoid it?

The relation between yourself and internal peace: Is meditation and self reflection an essential

or secondary issue?

Solitude and Egotism: Is it necessary to respect a person’s solitude? Or is it a form of egotism? Does a woman-mother, wife or daughter, face problems just because she seeks to have some time to be alone?

Solitude and Singularity: Do they cause problems in social dealings?

Solitude and Autism: Could getting used to solitude become a social handicap? I use “autism” metaphorically to mean the deficiency to communicate with others.

Solitude and Independence: Is solitude a condition for being independent or the contrary?

Solitude and Partnership: Do partnership and a family prevent solitude? do you need solitude in your family? Does having a partner stop your worrying about solitude?

 Does having a partner underline the necessity of solitude?

Is escaping solitude the reason to get married and have a family?

Solitude and Privacy: Does life with the family or partner banish privacy?

Are the fear of loneliness and the fear of death connected? 

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