Inter-dependence is significantly more fruitful than independence or dependence. Consider our physical bodies as an example. When all our organ systems are healthy, they function as a synchronized team, enabling the whole person to thrive and prosper. The same principle is seen in nature as well, where systems like the seasons, the water cycle and the migrations of various species all work in inter-dependent harmony to ensure an inter-connected balance. Likewise, at a social and community level, when we grasp and practice inter-dependence, we open myriad pathways to synergy, which according to the Oxford dictionary is “the cooperation of two or more things to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.”
Dr. Dheena Sadik grew up in Sri Lanka then went to medical school in Pakistan. Both as a physician and a writer, she strives to help people live better lives. Her work appears regularly in Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer newspaper and her fan page is https://www.facebook.com/Dr.DheenaSadik.