It Takes A Whole Village

Self-interest and other-interest are reciprocal. Marilyn Ferguson

How can we make any sense of what we have learned from quantum physics that everything is connected to everything else in an unbroken wholeness? What does that tell us? It tells me that nothing is separate or independent; everything is interconnected and related. To interconnect means to connect reciprocally; everything relates to and depends on something else. To be interdependent and interconnected means to be mutually dependent and means we cannot be totally aware of all the interconnections. This makes declaring my interdependence a challenge to my self-importance and self-interests. Apparently I depend on other “things” and don’t always know what they are.

It takes a whole village to educate a child; it takes a whole team to win a game; it takes a whole community and a “whole government” to successfully serve all its citizens. What would happen if politicians believed that self-interest and other interest are reciprocal? What would happen if everyone recognized the interconnectedness of everything?

In this kind of world there is no such thing as a single cause and nothing is independent of its relationships. Context, the circumstance in which an event happens, is always involved. This is what makes interconnectedness and interdependence so complex and so difficult to understand.

We humans want to see things as individual things, without the complexity of interconnectedness, interdependence and relationships. The complexities of our contextual experiences create too much uncertainty. We don’t like uncertainty.

Although declaring my interdependence will be a difficult step, it is the first step. But it is only the first step. This blog is part of my future sense category, so more steps will be presented. How do I create the proper future perspective realizing I don’t fully understand the interconnectedness and interdependence? My answer, of course, is “I don’t Know”.

However, following are some possible guidelines for developing my next steps, which will be to create my future perspective while growing older.

  • What I see is not all there is.
  • Use my mind and heart and eyes to “see”.
  • Always be aware of the context and relationships.
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. (Aristotle)
  • Self-interest and other interests are reciprocal. (M. Ferguson).
  • Have the wisdom to accept my reality and the courage to adapt to it.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Betsy Collard says:


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  2. Eugene Unger says:

    Good stuff H. We all could benefit by thinking through your questions. However, not sure if politicians are too far gone to introspect this concept. Dog gone driven.



  3. I depend on all of you to increase my interdependence awareness. John

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