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Old 08-17-2009, 02:53 AM
 
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I wonder if you couldn't have elements of both interdependency and self-sufficiency in your life? I live in a rural farming community, where I think I see this is action (If I'm understanding the definitions clearly of these two words). There is a strong culture of bartering arrangements, as well as neighbor assisting neighbor. Someone else will always have that piece of equipment you need for your field, etc. People care for, and look in on one another. The entire community will come together in a time of need, as I think is often seen in rural communities. It's wonderful, and the young children learn this type of giving very early.

There is also a fiece sense of independence, and the ability to be self sufficient/self sustaining is something that many people work toward. Knowing how to take care of oneself, being able to provide for your family, less/no reliance on the power grid structure, raising or growing your own food, etc.

I know this doesn't happen everywhere. I was just struck that the two ideals seem somewhat compatible here.
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This is what I was trying to say. How do you put a price tag on caring for a friend or family members kids when they are in a jam, teaching someone about gardening to help feed their family, sharing your skills with members of your community? I don't know how many times my husband has helped out a neighbor or friend with fixing something for free. And we have had the same done for us.
We do what we can to help out our fellow humans, and hopefully they do the same for us. Maybe I'm just idealistic.
But I guess in a lot of people's "ideal" world, when one no longer contributes their "share" they are a "burden" on the rest, and should be dealt with accordingly. :
Like another pp said, should we just do away with all the "non-contributing" members of society? The elderly, the disabled, the welfare mom who is buying cookies with her foodstamps in front of you in line at the grocery store?
Who gets to decide which people are of value and which are not?
: well said both of you

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