RELATING TO THE WORLD AROUND US
‘No man is an island’ became popular after the release
of a film by the same name.
The film is a fictionalised version of a true story set on the island of
Guam. The American seaman George Tweed was the only member of
the U.S. military who evaded capture after the surrender of the
island to the Japanese in 1941.
However, the phrase, 'No man is an island' is a quotation from the
English poet John Donne (1572-1631). He wrote…
"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a
piece of the continent, a part of the main..”
It basically recognizes the fact that human beings don’t do very well
on their own away from the presence of others. In fact, many
experiments have shown conclusively that we all do much better
when we are part of a community. It can positively affect us mentally,
emotionally and physically.
The Challenge of Communication
Part of this problem is that we are trying to connect with people, all of whom are very
different from ourselves. The other problem is the changing world we live in.
To see how both of these things impact on us…. click here.
Being in the world
but not part of it
Having people around us
however, is only good if we feel
connected to them in a positive
Many people know that for them, that is only a dream.
For some, they live and mix with people who are difficult to be close to. Their voice is
not heard, their thoughts, feelings, values and opinions are not asked for or
considered of value.
They long to have their opinions heard, their decisions recognised, their choices
allowed, but their voice falls on ears that consider their thoughts of little value.
For others, and that is probably most of us, connecting with those around us is
becoming harder and harder. Oh sure, we talk a lot amongst ourselves, but much of
the time, we are talking with someone who is not paying attention and too busy to
stop what they’re doing to take us seriously.
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