Because I am involved in mankind.

April is National Poetry Month. One of my favorite poems isn’t really a poem at all but a powerful slice of prose from Donne’s Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. It’s very much worth reading the whole thing. I present this part, because it informs my thinking about the duty we share with the global community.

This short piece of the Devotions is so often quoted for its confident rhythm and noble message: We are connected, and the loss of any of us is a loss to all of us.

This section from the Devotions is presented in text overlaid on an image of a small pond. The text reads, "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 any manner 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."
This section from the Devotions is presented in text overlaid on an image of a small pond. The text reads, “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 any manner 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.”

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