Jan. 14, 2021

For Whom the Bells Toll

An expression from a sermon by John Donne. Donne says that because we are all part of mankind, any person's death is a loss to all of us: “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.” The line also suggests that we all will die: the bell will toll for each one of us.
 
Some think that Donne was simply pointing out people's mortality and that when a funeral bell was heard it was a reminder that we are nearer death each day, that is, the bell tolling for us. Others view it more mystically and argue that Donne is saying we are all one and that, when one dies, we all die a little.
 
I choose to think that we are like "the tree of life" and that each of us are part of the whole and what happens to one happens to all. This way of thinking may help change or impact the newly developed cancel culture of eliminating or canceling anyone who does not think or believe as we do. Our nation and it's present state has been a bit overwhelming for me this year. I pray for a better year.
 
Be well, I keep the faith!