No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each 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 manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
“For Whom the Bell Tolls” – John Donne – 1624
Even if Notre Dame is not a person, it is still a place that gave joy to millions of people for centuries. We all lose when part of human culture disappears. I’m in tears today…
~ Nina Heyn