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Interdependence and Wholeness

A baby is completely dependent on those around. They can do nothing for themselves and slowly need to move beyond that state of being. As everyone who has had a baby in the home knows, they are very much focused on the ‘I’- be it three o’clock in the morning or 11 o’clock in the evening when the baby’s parents are finally settling down to relax with a good book and a snuggle. But the baby grows and becomes Independent. The struggle of adolescence is very much one of, moving towards independence, when the young person realises that they have an inner strength. When this is completed SUCCESSFULLY, they have achieved SELF KNOWLEDGE. But this is not the end of the story…

MAN IS NOT AN ISLAND, we live in a world with others and we have a hankering for relationships with others. Buber calls this level of relationship with ‘The Other’ I Thou. But this is not the end, and therefore we need to take one more step to WHOLENESS and that is what INTERDEPENDENCE is all about!!
Interdependence is when I recognise that I am self reliant and capable, but I recognise that you and I together can accomplish far more then me at my best.


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