Monday, July 23, 2012

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island
Entire of itself
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friends were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

---John Donne (from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17, 1624)

I am reading and hearing various reactions to the heavy punishment recently put upon Penn State.
If you don't know the story, you can read about it HERE.

What don't we get about responsibility, commitment, discipline, and integrity? No one can live irresponsibility (to his/her own whims) and think it will not affect others.

If a man chooses to lead a system of any kind on his own - he best have knees of steel; for one instance of buckling will change the world around him.

Even the Bible speaks of those in authority as having a higher calling:

"Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgement." 
(James 3:1)