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Wednesday 4 May 2011

No Man Is an Island

I will and do rejoice in the end of violence against any other human being or any animal or creature. Surely, though, it's impossible for any thinking/feeling person to rejoice in the death of any other part of humanity - no matter how violently that person has lived - without compromising our own humanity.

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 a manor of thy friends 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.

(John Donne)


May said...

Is this an allusion to Bin Laden?

Christina said...

Dear Matterhorn, perhaps on some level it is, but not specifically. The violent death of any person - how ever great their crimes - cannot add to the beauty of humanity, can it?

I find the reported celebrations - no matter how justified they might seem - so repugnant. If we are disgusted by the slaughter of innocent people going about their daily work (as in 9/11 or the London bombings), we show ourselves to be human. If we then rejoice like savages in the death of a murderer, we are no longer behaving as civilised, Christian or sane human beings...we have sunk to the depths of the depravity that we condemn in others....