FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
Meditation XVII, 1624
No man is an island, entire 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 promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's 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.
The bell is tolling. It is tolling for those who are dying in Iraq, trapped in the ancient hatreds that are presently being rekindled by the wishes of those who have hidden aims in mind. It is tolling for the little children in Lebanon, buried under piles of rubble or hiding in a cellar without food, or being carried along a dusty road away from the only home they have known. It is tolling in Palestine, where young boys want to grow up to become fighters because a more positive option is not open to them. It is tolling for America, for the land of the free, whose freedom has become tarnished by the willingness to withhold it from others, all the while claiming that it is freedom we are about, all the while waving this freedom like a banner, as if the words repeated often enough could come to mean what they seem to.
The bell tolls for the victims of recent earthquakes in Indonesia, for those affected by the massive train disaster in India, for the ongoing genocide that has caused hundreds of thousands to have to leave their villages in Sudan and elsewhere. It tolls for mankind in every place, and house, and city, and landscape in which one person is indifferent to what happens in the life of another, in which one person sits quietly eating lunch while those around him go hungry. It tolls for the earth that is shaking with the need to become free of the darkness she presently carries and to become beautiful and shining.
Yes, the bell is tolling, and it is calling us at the same time to awaken to the need to abandon indifference, not in favor of despair but in favor of love, in favor of hope, in favor of prayer. Also in favor of not being deceived by those who benefit from situations of destruction while on the surface they express regret.
This bell is a call to the awakening of the heart. It is not a call to the awakening of military might, nor of the desire to fight, nor of the desire to hate. Each of these would do nothing but make the bell toll louder, for each would lead to more death, to more destruction. No, the bell must toll for our heart's awakening so that love can make a difference. And if love makes a difference often enough, by enough who hear the bell's mournful tones, it will be carried on a vibration of light to the rest of the planet, and the world will have the possibility for moving past this time of trial and of darkness toward a new era of peace.
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