Saturday, February 13, 2016

"I knew him, Horatio"

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

Justice Scalia and I had many disagreements.
Still, I cannot find it in myself to celebrate his death.
'No Man is an Island'
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 any manner of thy friends 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.

[John Donne, MEDITATION XVII, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, 1624]

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