Questions on Interdependence

Try to focus on one question and live with it for the next month. Revisit your response and see how it evolves as you live the question.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that we are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”  How and when are you aware of being a part of this network?  On whom do you depend? Who depends on you?

In North American culture, there is a significant tension between our yearning for belonging and our need for community versus our desire to be independent individuals. We are often very hesitant to be part of a group, to ask each other for help, or to depend on each other very much. Think of an experience you have had with this tension between independence and community.  How was it resolved? What did you learn?

Assume that you, like George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” were given the opportunity to see how the lives of others—or of any part of the web—have been affected by your conscious or unconscious actions.  What do you see and how do you feel about it?

Think of a time when you felt deeply connected with the interdependent web of the universe. What impact did this experience have on you?

To acknowledge the interdependent web of all existence means that we live in the midst of mystery… every one of us is part of a much larger story than we can comprehend from our own limited perspective.  How do you understand that mystery, and that larger story? 



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