Independence Day Van Morrison
In two days we celebrate our independence from England–July 4th 1776. I have been thinking about the psychological meaning of the word “independence” and while, yes, we can break free from oppressive governments, oppressive parents and families, and oppressive relationships, does that make us independent? A more important question, are we ever truly independent? When Bill Clinton was in the White House Hillary wrote a book entitled “It Takes A Village.” Conservatives Mocked, Comedians made jokes, and why not? Isn’t America the home of the cowboy and superhero, the lone individual who’s got it all together, does his or her thing and rides off alone into the sunset. But as I think about it and I hope you will too I believe that it does “take a village” and all of the people and relationships and inter-relational systems to make things work. Networking isn’t about independence, it’s about individuals with a developed sense of self relating to others, coming together to form consensus and solving problems, to support each other in time of need and times of distress. It is Interdependence. So on this July 4th as fireworks make us ooh and ah, as the we enjoy our barbecues, our friends and our time at the beach, pool, country, or just relaxing in our homes we might want to reflect on the word independence and realize that without interdependence independence would never have happened. It takes a village, after all, because over time we can never really go it alone.
Chime in on my post. Tell Dr. Ike your own ideas and feelings about independence/interdependence. And if you are having difficulties with that other pop-psych phrase “co-dependence” tell us about it and we’ll give you feedback that might help.
Here are some great tunes on the topic:
“Going Down To Cuba” Jackson Browne
“4th of July” Aimee Mann
“If I should Fall Behind” Bruce Springsteen
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO EVERYONE!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!!! AND GOING ALONG WITH OUR THEME I WILL BE INDEPENDENT OF THE SITE FOR 4TH THROUGH THE 16TH. SEE YOU ON WEDNESDAY JULY 16TH.