This is a quotation from John Donne (1572-1631). It appears in Devotions upon emergent occasions and seuerall steps in my sicknes - Meditation XVII, 1624:
It is a fairly well known passage, particularly the "No man is an island," but is this really true? Is it possible for a man to live in complete isolation amd still be perfectly normal? Obviously during the formative years of any person they are dependent on others, but in a world which is increasingly online, does this requirement continue into adulthood? Theoretically a person could set up a purely online business and order food, pay bills, etc online and have virtually no interpersonal contact, but what would this person become in this situation?"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated...As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness....No man is an island, entire of itself...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."
Also, what counts as interpersonal interaction? Does this forum count, or instant messaging services or does it have to be face to face to be truly meaningful?
Lots of questions there I know, but I would be most interested to hear what answers others might have to any or all of them.