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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Bell Tolls

The Covid-19 virus has taught me many things.  I have learned about pandemics.  I have learned about social distancing.  I have learned about online grocery shopping.  I have learned about hand washing.  I have learned about not touching my face or eyes.  I have learned about wearing a mask. I have learned that I can do without a lot of things that I formerly thought were necessary.

Most importantly, I have learned that we are interdependent.  We may think we are independent, but unless we are a desert recluse, we all come into contact with other people.  And because of this, my actions or lack of actions affect you.  And yours affect me.  My actions can have serious consequences for you and the people you love.

In order for you and your loved ones to stay healthy, you need me to act in a responsible way.  In turn, I need you do the same.  Society is founded on this interconnected interdependence.  Without it, civilized society breaks down.

John Dunn once wrote

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. “


The bell tolls.  Does it toll just for me or just for you?  Or for all humankind?  Only you and I can answer that question.



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