The Difference between Independence and Dependence

“I BELIEVE INDEPENDENCE IS A SIGN OF MATURITY, BUT THE TERM NO LONGER MEANS QUITE WHAT IT DID TO THE PIONEERS … WE DEPEND ON OTHERS TO PROVIDE US WITH VIRTUALLY EVERY BASIC NECESSITY IN LIFE THAT OUR PIONEER FOREFATHERS OBTAINED FOR THEMSELVES.”

 

Someone once told me, “true independence does not exist. Seek a healthy interdependence on a spectrum between independence and dependence.” Can this be accomplished in a complex, modern world? This thought-provoking article from Rural Revolution discusses the issue.

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Being independent is terribly hard work. In the past, independence meant being able to build your own home, grow your own food, medicate yourself, weave cloth, deliver babies, and all the other things a pioneer or settler was often forced to deal with.

Today few people are called upon to do any of those things. We have become a dependent and specialized society, which has made our lives immeasurably easier in many respects…

 

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