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Friday, October 16, 2009

Dependence, Independence & Interdependence

In this blog as in others, I might be oversimplifying, but its just because I can't do it in any other way.

But before i start rambling some definitions by Merriam :

Main Entry: 1de·pen·dent
Pronunciation: \di-ˈpen-dənt\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English dependant, from Anglo-French, present participle of dependre
Date: 14th century
2. relying on another for support

Main Entry: 1in·de·pen·dent
Pronunciation: \ˌin-də-ˈpen-dənt\
Function: adjective
Date: 1611
(2) : not looking to others for one's opinions or for guidance in conduct

And finally Interdependence :
Interdependence is a dynamic of being mutually and physically responsible to, and sharing a common set of principles with, others. This concept differs distinctly from "dependence" in that an interdependent relationship implies that all participants are emotionally, economically, ecologically and or morally "interdependent." Some people advocate freedom or independence as a sort of ultimate good; others do the same with devotion to one's family, community, or society. Interdependence recognizes the truth in each position and weaves them together. Two states that cooperate with each other are said to be interdependent. It can also be defined as the interconnectedness and the reliance on one another socially, economically, environmentally and politically.1

I believe, we have to move from one stage to another.... leading to interdependence. Also that the stages are not mutually exclusive, and can be reversed.

We all are dependent in the beginning and try to move on to independence So, it would not hurt to get an understanding of our dependent tendencies.

An effort to quantify is below :

Dependent : Air,food,water <- intrinsic dependent quantities ; love,understanding and content ; these i believe are common dependent tendencies to all humans, and one cant live without it.

Independent : Knowledge <- this might be personal, any one can have any independent demand/goal.

Interdependence : It is the key to a balanced life & is the key to making long lasting friends ; having a happy family and a satisfied life.

Right now I need to find my independence in life........ i.e the independence of control/action : It is the ability to relegate dependent demands for long term objectives or the immediate demands ; or it is the ability to put independent demands on par with dependent demands to attain knowledge.

Some notes: Knowledge is what we know by learning through experience or by books & by which we should perceive the world(still vague but........I'm looking specific knowledge which i am too lazy to type out)

Love, understanding and content are necessarily derived objects ; thus people/substance is involved. One can argue about content being self sufficient & sustainable but for the sake of argument(i.e not considering it nirvana) it holds true.

So you might wonder why the note's?.....well they are a sequel to a blog post in the future about making long terms friends and/or finding the person you love.

Also as the as a reminder to all the blogs going along with a old business axiom " you cannot control what you cannot measure " so to check on the progress i am making I'd like to setup some independence metrics, don't know what they are. Will try and quantify.

Merriam's Dictionary.
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