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yes,because every1 cannot live by our self

If a man were an island then he would have to create all the things that he needs to sustain or maintain himself without any external assistance or intervention. Man however is a creature of dependence and as a result cannot be (metaphorically) described as an island.

"No man is an Island" that I take it your implying that man cannot exist without dependancy on others , or live alone without interacting with his fellow beings .

To an extent it is true , by our very nature we are "social animals" , however saying that , humans also ostracise themselves from the social group as punishment {for eg .. prison} then say if you get marooned on an Island , and have to live alone , without human company , such hardships are survivable , but ones quality of life would be somewhat diminished .

Overall , its nice to be in the company of good human beings , its just a saying , to remind people , not to get to introverted , not to leave society and at times those who care for you , when you get emotionaly upset . So like Yeah! I believe this saying has its merits .

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John Donne in n Devotions upon emergent occasions and seuerall steps in my sicknes - Meditation XVII. The full quote is:

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 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.

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The phrase "No man is an island" was stated in a poem by the famous British poet John Donne in 1624: "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." In other words, even if we believe we are alone, we are actually dependent on others: our parents, who gave birth to us, our teachers, our friends, our country. Donne believed we are all a part of something greater than ourselves, and all interconnected in some way; he stated later in the poem that when a person dies, he (Donne) felt diminished in some way.

There is a similar modern expression of Donne's statement: "It takes a village to raise a child," which has been quoted by Hillary Clinton and others. It refers to all of the influences that come into play when a child grows up, how all of us are interconnected in some way, and how we should do our part to make sure each child in our "village" (whether or city, our state, our country) has a good upbringing.

On the other hand, the image of a person as an island can be used in literature to represent feelings of depression or loneliness, or it can stand for a person who intentionally shuts him or herself off from others to avoid being hurt. We see this metaphor in the lyrics of a Simon and Garfunkel hit song from 1965, "I am a rock, I am an island." Some people do in fact isolate themselves and think of themselves as loners. But even they are affected by others, whether they want to be or not.

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