No Man is an Island, by John Donne

No Man is an Island, by John Donne

For Pearl Harbor Day, especially this year, this is an important time for us to reflect on John Donne's inspirational and passionate plea for us to remember our common humanity.

This is a time to reflect on how much the present COVID crisis tells about the lessons we need on how much we've really changed since the days of Lindberg and the America First Committee who waited til the date that would live in infamy before considering for whom the bell tolls... then, as now, it tolls for thee.

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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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