In Some Ways I am Outside the Fabric of Society and in Other Ways I am Starting to Re-enter it Due to Starting to Become Successful With My Art and Writing/ Something So Strong/ Crowded House

Essay by Luke Foster

Something so strong song by crowded house

When I was at art school, I read books like The Outsider by Albert Camus by the French existentialist and thought it would be cool to be an outsider but when I grew up and it happened some of the time, I realised how lonely and confusing it is. Another book by Camus that I haven’t read is called the Stranger.

“Camus wrote The Stranger to explain the philosophy of Absurdism, which claims that there is no inherent meaning in life, and that individuals must find their own ways to confront the indifference and meaninglessness of life.”

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Definition of existentialism: its the philosophical theory or approach which emphasize the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

However, its writers and intellectuals like Edward De Bono who helped me re-enter society for a while when I was studying teaching at Sydney University then finished the course at Southern Cross University.

“Humour, is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.” Edward de Bono

I love this quote by De Bono and I loved comedy shows when I was growing up like the English shows the Goodies and Faulty Towers.

This is an excerpt from Faulty Towers featuring my favourite character Manuel who is Spanish and has limited English.

I also feel loved and a valuable member of society when I study the teachings of the Dalai Lama in quotes for my essays or videos of his talks or his books. But I must admit that I would love to read more of his books but my mind is quite scattered to focus on lots of reading.

Dalai Lama video on compassion.

This is a talk by the Dalai Lama on compassion. I consider him like the kindest, funniest wisest and most compassionate metaphorical great grandmother of the world.

Now that I have given some male role models ideas, I need to balance it with strong female role models past and present.  I even feel bad putting them literally second in my essays and need to alternate male female role model ideas or even better put the women ones first.

I have deep respect for the female education activist for women around the globe: Malala Yousafzai

This a talk by Malala about the importance of education. She won the very prestigious Nobel Peace Prize at seventeen.

Mary MacKillop the Australian Catholic Saint is of great interest to me. Her compassion and wisdom were amazing.

“Love one another, bear with one another, and let charity guide you all your life. God will reward you as only He can. Find happiness in making others happy. Never see a need without doing something about it.”

Mary MacKillop Australia’s loved saint.

To have an equal balance of male and female role models I shall add another strong woman.

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

 Oprah Winfrey

In conclusion I am only starting to re-enter the fabric of society and the main time I felt inside it was while studying my three university courses and one TAFE course and while I was a student at school.

Me and Yannick who offers me a lot of practical and emotional support. So kind and wise for his age from Berlin.