This is an attitude that’ll sink this ship of state faster than a tsunami capsizes a bathtub rubber ducky. “I’ve got mine…” is the mentality of so many people, whether they are well-to-do individuals who couldn’t care less about their less fortunate neighbors, or legislators who are hopelessly out of touch with the people who can’t get health care, or of people in management with cushy golden parachutes. They use this to congratulate themselves for being smarter (not luckier) than the other guy, or to justify predatory behavior — it’s a dog eat dog world … at least to them.
We’re all in this ship of state together, and what one person does affects us all whether we like it or not. Sure, you might be able to keep cool at any price in the heat of summer, but if the power grid fails, you are going to be as hot as the next guy. Yeah, you might be able to afford the best in health care, but if there are no doctors because they’ve been hassled out of practice, you’re going to die of that heart attack. And that golden parachute might just fail to open if your company’s books have been cooked.
“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 tell tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne, 1624