[Model Answer QP 2021]“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, it is better for us all.” -Erik Erikson


Independence and interdependence are not mutually-exclusive concepts:  In my opinion, the reason for this passionate desire for independence is that it is viewed as an “either/or” proposition: one is either dependent or independent. And dependence has many negative connotations. But, what about interdependence? 

Interdependence recognizes the value of the individual, whether it is a person or agency, while at the same time recognizing that there is value in an integrated, collaborative approach in which the net effect is much greater than the simple sum of its parts.

As a society, we continue to discuss the issue of environmental pollution as a “society-wide” problem. But we deal with it as a problem that is isolated within select communities. As a result, the common approach has been for local agencies to look at how to deal with pollution problems in their own jurisdictions–independently– with the hope of making their streets safer and cleaner. The thing is, none of these jurisdictions is truly independent geographically or economically. They are at many levels, interdependent with neighboring communities. Therefore, it makes zero sense to approach pollution problems independently.

Interdependencies play a vital role in the survival of Humanity.


The Recent Covid19 Pandemic brought the world together to stand and fight as one against it. The survival of humanity was tested and we survived because we realised the importance of the interdependencies of human beings. Thus balance between independence and interdependence on each other is important because we stand stronger if we are together.

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