Interdependence is defined by Collins Dictionary as the condition of a group of people or things that all depend on each other. Based on that definition, we can say that an interdependent relationship is one in which two or more people rely on each other because of diverse capabilities with the aim of helping satisfy one another’s needs, whether they be physical, emotional, or spiritual. It is also natural that when we are young, we are dependent to our parents or to our legal guardians for personal support. As we grow mature, such attitude of dependency should remain in us, no longer for personal satisfaction and support, but for a greater and noble purpose. We should continue to learn to live and work with people around us rather than doing and living alone. We must recognize the fact that we are not “jack of all trades”.
Not only is interdependence foundational to societal living, it is also the intention of God to us. We were given different gifts, skills, and talents in order for us to effectively function, equip others, and serve one another for the common good. We are like different parts of one body wherein we operate interdependently. An eye cannot say to the ear “I do not need you”. An ear cannot say to the nose “I do not need you”. This principle applies to all other parts of the body. If we are of one body, we should therefore connect and function together in one accord.
Taking for example the Israelites in the olden times, they lived in a close-knit society. This spurred by the fact that they came from one lineage. When they were liberated from slavery in Egypt, they travelled, lived, and worked together as one large community. Even though they were in diaspora, they continued to function interdependently through trade and industry. Such practice remained to this day and even to other countries around the globe. We, Filipinos, are also included in the list. We have the “bayanihan” culture. It was an age-old tradition that we still observe to this day. We come together regardless of blood relation in order to help a family in need. This is who we are as Filipinos.
All the more that we understood how to be interdependent in these difficult and challenging scenarios. Our fellow citizens are learning that interdependence is needed in order to overcome and outrun the current COVID-19 situation. One perfect example that is currently being implemented and adapted by many is the concept of the community pantry. Is there one in your community yet? Can we see the spirit of interdependence through this? Its essence, practicality, and mechanics are simply one of the best expression of interdependence. An avenue for giving to those who have and a way for those who are in lack to get by. Who have ever thought that interdependence is complicated? It is not and is actually simple. It is an act that springs forth from one’s innate compassion for others. How to do it will automatically follow. Who else must initiate and participate in such projects apart from us? The opportunity to take action is right in front of us. Let us grab and hold on to it. (CD, CRFV)
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