August 29, 2011
John Donne [1572 – 1631] helps us see that we are all connected, even in death.
“… 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” he refers to is the bell that churches in his time would ring for each member of the congregation who passed away. But regardless of whom it is being rung for, it reminds Donne that his own death is inevitable. Thus, every tolling is important: each is a reminder and a signal that one of our own has gone.
Read the full article at SevenPonds Blog