‘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 healthy way. 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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