islands in the sun

 

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 a 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.
“No Man Is an Island” by John Donne

No man is an island. We as humans have made it so far by working together. None of our modern marvels will be possible without teamwork, from skyscrapers to the humble pencil. None of these can be accomplished by a single person. Check out Thomas Whaites Toaster project to see how hard it is to just make one toaster by himself.

Recent studies have shown that being solitary may be bad for your health.With higher rates of mortality and health problems plaguing the unmarried population. Increased social interaction and community involvement has also been correlated with longer lifespans.

However, there is one caveat. Who you hang out with will affect your eating behaviors, body weight and exercise habits. Your friends will have an effect on your work, attitude and outlook on life. They can make you more thrifty but they can also make you more likely engage in risky behavior. In fact, your happiness might depend on it.

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So yes, no man is an island. But be sure to watch your borders closely. Surround yourself with people who promote growth.
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