This post is part of a series about living well in groups. They are a series of meditations inspired by a chapter in the New Testament. It is Pauls first letter to the Corinthians chapter 12. Verse 21, in the New International Version of the Bible says,
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”
And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!
The vulnerability of interdependence
Interdependence means that we are affected. All those fantasies of stoic indifference have to go. I don’t see that being unmoved by beauty or being untouched by a child’s innocent gesture of love is desirable in any case.
Interdependence means recognising that what we do makes some difference. Perhaps less than we hope, usually more than nothing. And this difference we make can be significant to ourselves and those close to us. For those further from us it will usually mean making our contribution to a group of some kind. (There is no shortage of social change groups that would benefit from your involvement.)
Interdependence means being affected; means when we care. That when we open to others, they can do things to us. We give up some measure of control, at least for a time. Interdependence (that we rely on and affect each other) means we are vulnerable.
And this means we need to look after ourselves, even while caring for others.
Make a list of what it is you need to thrive.