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.

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