No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

-Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, John Donne, 1624

Mr. Donne’s writes that we are all in this thing together; connected, communal by definition, sharing our experiences as a group of people impossibly intertwined.  No doubt. 

Historically the imagery of remote islands repeatedly proves itself to be a powerful symbol lending inspiration to art and literature.  (Mr. Donne’s quote, for example, went on to inspire Hemingway’s famous novel about the Spanish Civil War).  It will be interesting to see the symbolism of Rabbit Island develop as human nature and wilderness evolve together on a 91 acre rise of land in the middle of Lake Superior (with full rear view of 400 years of American frontier experience in hindsight). 

February 5, 2011