John Donne: “… 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.”
How do you take this quote? To me this is the ultimate statement of both pacifism and justice. It affirms each person\’e2\’80\’99s place in “Mankind”.
It tolls for thee – as a reminder of our shared soul in the face of loss, and as a reminder of our responsibility to each other, and as a reminder of our duty to hold each other accountable to that responsibility.
When thousands die in a building in New York, it\’e2\’80\’99s tolling for those who committed this act as much as it is for us to bring justice to the situation, as much as it was for whatever wrong originated this condition.
Because WE are involved in Mankind.