Seventeenth-century poet, John Donne, first included the phrase, “No man is an island”, in one of his meditations and later composed a poem of the same name. Later, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, a folk song echoed these sentiments,

“No man is an island
No man stands alone
Each man’s joy is a joy to me
Each man’s grief is my own.”

The Message Continues to Resonate

More recently a contemplative Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton penned a book, “No Man is an Island”. There he shares these sentiments:
“Every other man is a piece of myself, for I am a part and a member of mankind. Therefore,

Praise the Lord

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