While sitting in class today, my professor said something that I can’t stop thinking about.
Even though to some degree I already knew this idea, it has my mind going in every possible direction.
What did my professor say, you ask?
“Everything is dependent on something else.”
This is a simple statement, but with a profound concept.
For example, think about your favorite book. Not the story, but the physical book.
What do you see?
Do you see hundreds of pages bound together in a particular order with a cover?
What people often forget to see are the conditions necessary to make that book possible.
The pages were made out of trees, and the trees needed air, water, soil and sunlight in order to grow.
These trees needed to undergo a certain process in order to become paper, and thus you have a book.
But, all these blank pages aren’t helping anyone. You still need an author to come up with a story. That story that is dependent on some sort of inspiration and….
I think you get the picture. 😉
So, how does this notion on dependency relate to Primility?
If everything is dependent on something or a multitude of things, why is it that we attempt to live our lives as independents?
This question is what fascinates me, as striving to be independent is going against the very laws of nature that have brought us not only into existence but also to this moment.
Perhaps, it is our pride that makes us yearn to be self-sufficient. Why is that the case?
As people we are dependent on a variety of different elements in order to survive. There are the obvious necessities like air, water, and food. But, we are also reliant on shelter, clothes, all modes of transportation and much more.
Throughout our lives with almost everything that we do, we are dependent on something or another.
Yet, why is it that people are reluctant to ask for help when they need it? Why is it, as we grow older, we become less dependent on our parents? Why are people embarrassed of being dependent on others if we live in a world that everything depends on multitude of things?
Again, in a word it’s our pride.
We should live our lives embracing the fact that we can’t function on our own and welcome help throughout our lifetime.
The answer? Humility.
If we can understand the fact that it’s nature’s design for everything on Earth to be dependent, we can live with more humility when it comes to not only receiving help, but also giving help to others.
Going about our daily lives understanding that it’s okay to receive help, and not allowing our pride to try to make us independent in a dependent world, is another way we should attempt to find a balance between our pride and humility.
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