Interdependence is the reciprocated reliance or dependence between individuals or groups. Any of the integrated group or individual is neither completely self-contained nor utterly dependent. Accordingly, removal or withdrawal of some portion from the whole can result in deteriorating the entire reliance. Take the example of the image at right, imagine what would happen if only a single stone were to tumble!
In case of diversity, if we assume humans are interdependent beings, isolation of any single group can upshot unwelcomed consequences to the entire humanity. Robert Putnam, Harvard political scientist, also infers: “the problem isn’t ethnic conflict or troubled racial relations, but withdrawal and isolation.”
Interdependence is also a cosmological fact. Alexander Spirkin in his book, Dialectical Materialism, teaches the concept of universal connection: “Nothing in the world stands by itself. Every object is a link in an endless chain and is thus connected with all the other links. And this chain of the universe has never been broken; it unites all objects and processes in a single whole and thus has a universal character. We cannot move so much as our little finger without ‘disturbing’ the whole universe. The life of the universe, its history lies in an infinite web of connections.”
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