Thursday, May 22, 2008

[thought for the day] thursday evening


No man is an island, entire of itself...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.

[John Donne]


Well, if we can just stop talking of death and other fun concepts like that, the general principle is right though.

In these current weeks, for me personally, this principle has been brought home quite strongly - we can't go it alone, no matter how much we like to think we make the play. We depend on others, as those others might then depend on us.

12 comments:

jailhouselawyer said...

Profound.

oestrebunny said...

Sometimes I wish I were an island. Life would be simpler and I could read all my books.

jailhouselawyer said...

There is only one Tim Ireland.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Do you need another?

Bunny - yes.

SACKERSON said...

I did have a time in between jobs, when I had the opportunity to read. Then, I wanted to meet people instead. Reading in isolation is a bit like taking driving lessons without having a car. Aren't we humans funny?

jmb said...

For me, being the micro-manager, it is very difficult to let myself depend on others, even outside my area of comfort. But sometimes there is no choice and one usually finds that other people do just fine and often better than one could manage oneself. Go with the flow James.

Mr Island said...

No man is an island

You're so wrong!

Not really mr island said...

(Sorry, couldn't resist it. As Robin Williamson once said: Weak humour is the closest the West has to Zen)

-Mr Island (aka Ordo)

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Ah, Zen, Ordo - what do I know of zen?

Sackers - your networking must be something awewsome.

JMB - that's the point - as micro-managers, we discover it is not always possible in isolation.

Nunyaa said...

I do quite fine on my own and depend on no one. Has worked for the last 5 years, stressing yes.

god-free morals said...

I agree with your thoughts in this post James, for the first time, entirely.

CherryPie said...

we can't go it alone, no matter how much we like to think we make the play. We depend on others, as those others might then depend on us.

Very true James!