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No Man Is An Island

No Man Is an Island

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

We need one another
So I will defend
Each man as my brother
Each man as my friend

I saw the people gather
I heard the music start
The song that they were singing
Is ringing in my heart

No man is an island
Way out in the blue
We all look to the one above
For our strength to renew


Hello, everyone.

I first heard this song almost 60 years ago in a high-school assembly. I have no idea who wrote it – web pages do not like to give the names of composers and lyricists – but whoever wrote it gets the honor. It is better than anything that I could come up with.

In 1624, English poet John Donne wrote a series of meditations about himself and his suffering from typhus, enteritis, or some other unknown disease. Possibly the best known meditation is Meditation XVIII, which contains the following paragraph:

No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the SeaEurope is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.[22] [Donne’s original spelling and punctuation]

I’ll put it in 2016 form:

No man is an Island, entirely of itself; every man 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 Mannor (?) of thy friends or of thine own were; 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.

(That was harder than I thought it would be. And I have a Masters in English Education!!)

No Man Is An Island. Think about what Donne is saying. As much as we may want to be individual entities and be all by ourselves, we cannot do so, because that is not the way that society was designed. Each of us was designed to be a cog in that machine called Society. And Society needs each of us to do his part – doctors to treat our physical conditions and diseases; lawyers to guarantee that we get justice; police to enforce the laws and keep us safe; factory workers who make the products that we use; military people to defend the country; pastors and theologians to teach us about God; entreprenneurs to create jobs and invent ways to improve society; farmers to provide our food; millionaires and billionaires to fund the entreprenneurs; scientists to teach us about the physical world and also to invent vaccines and other means to improve our lives; musicians and movie stars to entertain us; and teachers to educate us. Just as we cannot survive on our own, neither can these professions survive alone. Every one of them – and us – is needed for society to survive.

We are in the middle of a presidential race that could determine whether this country survives or not. One of the candidates – Donald Trump – has spoken many times of how we all are in this “America” thing together, and how we need to roll up our sleeves, join hands, and work to make this country great again. Another candidate – Bernie Sanders – says “NO!!” The only people that matter to him are the people in the slums and ghettos who contribute nothing to building this country. He, like all Liberals, have a hatred of the police and the people in the military. He and his party have come nowhere close to seeing the truth in Donne’s paragraph.

Fifty years ago, Simon & Garfunkel had a hit song that was the total antithesis to Donne’s words. The song was “I Am A Rock” by Paul Simon, and here are the last half of the second verse and the entirety of the fourth verse:

I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
. . . .
I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have news for you. For a lot of years, this song was my anthem. It stated my philosophy of life to a T. I was hurt so many times by women that I had decided that I never wanted a woman in my life, kind of like Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady.” I avoided people as much as I could because I simply could not handle any more pain or ridicule because of my physical handicap.

Then I met my Ginny, and she dragged me back into society. We married, only to have her die after too short a time. I then met and married Carol, who had the hobby of telling me what a wonderful guy I was. We had 20 incredible years together and then I lost her also.

Those two dear ladies showed me that I belonged in society and that society needed my little cog to run smoothly.

I am no longer a rock or an island. I have essentially learned the lesson that John Donne had to teach. I admit that I have some rough edges. I am not a Christian, so the Christians want nothing to do with me. I support Donald Trump, so a lot of Republicans don’t like me. I definitely have conservative ideas, so my former Liberal friends want nothing to do with me. But I am fine with all of that. I am a “clod of Europe,” as Donne would put it. I am ME! And I am doing my very little bit to not only help the machine of Society run smoothly, but also to help Donald Trump make this country great once again.

Thank you for bearing with me in this diary. May each of you have a great day tomorrow.

Bill

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February 28, 2016 Posted by | Life, Miscellaneous, Music, Politics, Religion | , , , | Leave a comment

Five Truths That Liberals Hate

Five Truths That Liberals Hate

Hello, everyone.

A year ago this month, I took my huge Amtrak trip across this country.  That trip opened my eyes to a lot of things, including the fact that the Conservative philosophy possessed many truths that I could no longer deny.  Thus my personal philosophy and political outlook did a total shift towards the Right.

Not long after my trip, I found a post on my Facebook wall with the above title as its title.   The URL for the article is http://americanvision.org/3078/five-truths-that-liberals-hate/

Here are the truths as stated in the article.

  1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
  2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
  3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
  4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.
  5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

Let’s look at these statements with a little more depth.

  1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

You know this is true and I know that it’s true, but apparently Bernie Sanders doesn’t know it.  Or else he DOES know it but cannot embrace or accept it because if he did, his run for the White House would be torpedoed.  But it is a known fact that you cannot legislate morality or prosperity into law.  Because if you try to legislate one certain class into prosperity, you are going to legislate another group OUT OF prosperity and possibly into poverty.

  1. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving

This is very true.  And this is one major argument against the concept of “income equality.”  It makes NO sense for one group to sit on their dead butts and rake in the dough while another group works its backside off and sees no gain in response to its hard work.  Not only are the lazy ones not given any reason to work and provide for themselves, those who do work see no rationale for doing their jobs or even going to work themselves because the proceeds that they earn from their work go to those who have no desire to work.

  1. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Bernie Sanders is essentially a Socialist, and the idea of the state taking from those who have to give to those who have not is one of the basic tenets of Socialism.  During the Cold War, this idea of the state confiscating personal property was one of the many complaints about Communism.  Do we REALLY want this country to sink this low?

  1. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

And the Republicans know this.  They know that letting the fox into the chicken coop is the first step in the death of this country.  That is why they have unofficially adopted the phrase “I want my country back” as their battle cry for this election cycle.  Indeed, I believe that if Bernie Sanders or any other Democrat wins the top prize, this country could well cease to exist as we know it before 2020.

  1. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

The Republicans know this as well.  In order to multiply wealth, the wealthy must be free to apply their wealth towards business expansion, which in turn leads to jobs expansion.  You cannot multiply wealth by giving it, hand over fist with no questions asked, to the unproductive class in this country.

These five statements MUST be first and foremost in our minds when we cast our ballots in 2016.

May each of you have a truly great day.

Bill

 

 

 

September 26, 2015 Posted by | Life, Politics | , , | 1 Comment