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Continuing the Irish theme… this symposium takes place in Cork this coming weekend, and I am very excited to be attending, and contributing…

It promises to be eclectic, provocative, and thought provoking.

See you there…


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Oxford English Dictionary defines suffering as:

‘the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship’

Someone today questioned my use of the word for this blog, disliking its negative connotations.

The word certainly has religious associations, of penance, of agony, of the tortured soul…

But here, suffering for me is not necessarily something negative, but is inextricably linked to the fact of being, of living, of experiencing life and its defining challenges. Suffering can accompany illness, physical and mental, but also the day to day negotiations of being, and mattering, in a world where one day we will cease to be. As such, it is undefinable and intangible, and therefore the experience can be a lonely and unshared one. Just sometimes, the arts manages to say it, to draw it, to scream it, and that expression of the otherwise repressed and unexpressed, may not lessen the suffering of humanness, but may perhaps make it a less lonely place to be.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Clearly, this blog continues to be a work in progress…and it has been really interesting for me to see what territories I have wandered off into and explored. It feels as if I have wandered quite a bit, and illness (although it depends how you define it…) has not been central to many of my posts.

So, in order not to mislead and to confuse, I am renaming the blog, to Suffering and the Arts.┬áThis feels better and more appropriate, as my main preoccupation seems to be that of ‘Humanness’ and Suffering, often associated with illness, but not always…

Hopefully, you will bear with me while I explore further…