TOLLING FOR THEE
Some of the most widely read
lines ever to be published are be
in our time are those of the 16th
Century poet, John Donne...
"No man is an island, entire of
itself; every man is a piece of the
continent, a part of the main...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."
Every man's poverty impoverishes us
Every man's humiliation adds to our embarrassment
Every man's attitude affects our outreach
Every man's success adds to our riches
Every man's spiritual growth elevates our own
Every victory won and sin overcome by someone
else increases our stature
As much as we might like, at times, we cannot
stand permanently apart from humanity
any more than a grain of sand may detach
itself form the beaches of the Universe.
We hear the knell of the bell, and we rejoice.