Thursday, October 24, 2013

Inspiration from the Continent of Humanity

When in London, we visited the tomb of John Donne in St. Paul's. His words echoed around the cathedral's round dome as my genius sister quoted his poems. 

"No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee." 

This one reason why every life, large and s,all, young and old, rich and poor matters. And why each one's story is important. I saw a lovely illustration of this. New York photographer Steve Hartman did a project posing complete strangers together. After a short time, the individuals began to express real feeling for the people they were with, across social boundaries, age, race and styles. Every man is a piece of the continent. 

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, can't see the video, not available in my country it says (Canada). It's a nice thought, but I see very little evidence of this in society unless a catastrophe happens.