Annoying Autobiographical Pause: ‘No Man Is An Island, Entire Of Itself’

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about faith. Not just spiritual faith or religious beliefs but faith in every area. Every once in awhile some of the nation’s larger blogs will write posts that say things like “21 reasons to restore your faith in humanity” or something of that nature. I find that interesting, although I admit I usually go and look at them that it is pretty much a part of popular culture that we do need our faith in humanity restored.

There are times, because I read entirely too much news, that it’s difficult to have faith because there are so many negative things I see, especially because my job is to watch politics (the state mainly.)

And this story pushed me into really thinking about faith and humanity. I don’t know why it triggered me, but it did.

The 34-year-old mayoral candidate was poised to Mississippi’s first openly-gay elected official. As a non-profit consultant, scholar and public servant, McMillian announced his mayoral bid last month and pushed forth his extensive dreams to help out his state and his native Clarksdale, Miss.

Sadly, Marco McMillian was found dead near a levee between Sherard and Rena Lara, Miss., according to the Coahama County coroner. His SUV collided with another vehicle on U.S. Highway 49 Tuesday morning, but McMillian wasn’t in the car when authorities arrived. Authorities didn’t find the body until they located his body more than a dozen miles from the accident.

His body was beaten, dragged and set afire in the brutal murder last week, said his family in a statement issued late Sunday.

“We feel this was not a random act of violence based on the condition of the body when it was found,” the McMillian family said. “Marco, nor anyone, should have their lives end in this manner.”

The incident is not being treated as a hate crime although the McMillian family wants it to be.

And so I turned everything off for awhile and started thinking about my ever evolving relationship with faith, my history in the church and how my mother used to tell us this poem when I was a child:

“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 bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

1 comment for “Annoying Autobiographical Pause: ‘No Man Is An Island, Entire Of Itself’

  1. grandefille
    March 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I adore you, and I am so grateful and proud that you continue to speak out and say what MUST MUST MUST be said.

    I am gobsmacked at the folks in that video you linked to — gobsmacked in a good way — and am so grateful and proud that they, too, are determined to stand up and say what needs to be said in a classy, loving, respectful way. Even when the other people aren’t being classy, loving or respectful.

    The bullies, on all levels, seem to be winning more and more now because so few people have the time, temperament and awareness to stand up to them, firmly, politely and resolutely. Folks have jobs to go to (or find), bills to pay, kids to feed, parents to care for, yards to mow — who can find time to stand up and fight evil, too? But wrong is wrong, bullying is bullying and evil is evil, no matter where it is or who’s committing it, and we must call it what it is and work to stop it, whether it’s name-calling in a restaurant, or legislative cruelty, or vicious physical attacks.

    Sadly, my personal experience with Texans, and for that matter, Tennesseans– with a few exceptions — has made me think twice before standing up and politely objecting when this sort of behavior occurs. I was once threatened with a weapon when I stood up for someone else, and the experience has made me hesitant to step up again, as much as I hate to admit it. But I want to use you — and those three determined customers in the video (I couldn’t watch even the fake abuse more than 2 minutes) — as my examples. Polite but firm. And “Do you believe in Jesus?” is possibly the best rejoinder anyone could ever use around here.

    I should have put this over at my place instead of using up your bandwidth. I’ll buy next time I see y’all. I love ya.


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