Kein Mensch ist eine Insel

No man is an island

I was moved by a DAYCATCHER blog concerning Seneca’s letter to his young friend. For me, the letter was thought-provoking not just because of its relevance for DAYCATCHER but also – and more importantly – because the words are as significant now as they were two thousand years ago when Seneca first put pen to paper.

No one is an island

Here are some similarly wise and poetic sentiments from the Elizabethan poet, John Donne, written in the second half of the 16th century:

“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.”

We are all connected

You’ll perhaps think, ‘How are Donne’s thoughts relevant for DAYCATCHER?’ Well, in my book, mindfulness and giving your life meaning also depend on realising that we’re all connected in some way and that we should all try to develop empathy for what others might be experiencing.

Your day lived impacts also others

It infers that we can’t behave as if nothing matters apart from what goes in our immediate environment. For me, Donne is saying that we should all engage in the issues that impact global society, whether these have to do with now the Covid pandemic, climate change, social injustice or threats to our democratic institutions.

He’s suggesting that whether we like it or not, we’re all global citizens. This is how I interpret DAYCATCHER’s philosophy as well.


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Keeping a diary with DAYCATCHER helps to record and process experiences in depth and to record very extensive chains of associations with a date, picture, title and text. When you read your catch later, you remember again how the whole day felt experienced with all senses. But it also leads to the fact that one consciously seeks to enrich the daily routine, the everyday life with new experiences, because just these lead to new positive memories. Even into old age.