No man is an island
Other than being locked inside of a bird sanctuary, I can think of no torture worse than solitary confinement. The thought of being in isolation is nightmarish.
It’s not that spending time alone is horrible. On occasion, we all need to step away from the noise to reflect in silence or read a good book. But even the act of reading is conversational, a kind of time travel dialogue between creator and consumer. The same could be said of music and film. Still, not even the transcendent power of the arts can replace the need for loving physical presence.
We are relational beings by nature. Nothing good ever comes from extended isolation.
Much of the violence, poverty and substance abuse in society can be traced, in part, to the absence of supportive parents and mentors. Obviously, there are several elements at play, but prisons are bursting with men and women with absentee fathers or mothers.
Clinics are busy treating grossly underweight individuals literally starving for a feeling of acceptance.
Transient men and women seek shelter in our streets unnoticed.
Many students walk through crowded halls feeling alone. Some look to death for solace.
It is not good for man to be alone. – God
The Genesis account of creation is a list of good things. God creates, and the result is good. It’s not until he creates Adam that the refrain changes. When he sees that Adam is by himself, even surrounded by the beauty of an unpolluted planet, we are introduced, for the first time, to something that is not good, being alone. God takes from Adam and creates Eve, a helper and companion.
This could explain why our hearts ache for community, for a tribe to belong to. We were never meant to be alone. It isn’t good. This is also why the Bible connects our relationship with God directly to our relationships with other people.
Loving God without loving people is an impossibility.
Mankind Is No Island, is a short film, only about three minutes long, and it captures the essence of human connectivity and responsibility. It does so with a very effective use of poetry, music, powerful images and typography, all filmed with a cell phone. The message of hope is motivating.
We all have a responsibility to one another, irrespective of our world views or political leanings.
Check out the video below and tell me what you think.
- RT @SadhguruJV: Spirituality is not something you can do on the outside, in a temple, mosque, or church – it has to happen within yourself.… 2 weeks ago
- @Officialneha So beautiful. God bless. Will definitely watch movie. 2 weeks ago
- RT @mrraisahab: बॉयकॉट का समर्थन करने वाले वादा करेंगे कि जिन जिन सितारों ने JNU हिंसा पर आवाज़ उठाई है, उनमें से किसी की फ़िल्म नहीं देखें… 2 weeks ago
- RT @ishkarnBHANDARI: I have instructed my office to find out name used in Deepika Padukone movie for the accused who threw Acid. His real… 2 weeks ago
- RT @ishkarnBHANDARI: This is not secularism to change accused who is Muslim in real life to Hindu name in movies. This is defamation of Hi… 2 weeks ago
- 'Processed Cheese' Is Hard To Love — But Easy To Admire January 26, 2020 Michael Schaub
- 'Franchise' Tracks The Rise And Role Of Fast Food In Black America January 25, 2020 Michel Martin
- Pain Drives The Creation Of A Sanctuary In 'Remembrance' January 25, 2020 Denny S. Bryce
- 'Interior Chinatown' Puts That Guy In The Background Front And Center January 25, 2020 Scott Simon
- 'Night Theater' Is An Intriguing But Uneven Drama January 25, 2020 Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Sketch Artist Captures 'Something Unusual' At Senate Trial January 24, 2020 Ari Shapiro
- Latinx Critics Speak Out Against 'American Dirt'; Jeanine Cummins Responds January 24, 2020 Rachel Martin
- Actress Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her January 24, 2020 Vanessa Romo