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Creative Commons Photo (modified) of Unisphere by S. L. via flickr

Creative Commons Photo (modified) of Unisphere by S. L. via flickr

The United States has a history of emphasizing independence and rugged individualism – the Declaration of Independence. But as the internet brings us closer together as a global village we look beyond our tribe and realize our INTERdependence.

Wikipedia notes that there have been a number of documents designated as the Declaration of Interdependence since at least the 1930s.

One of my favorites is Tiffany Shlain’s “cloud film” A Declaration of Interdependence. The written Declaration calls for us to “use our collective knowledge to create a better future.”

David Suzuki Foundation proclaims “At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.” They recall the Declaration of Interdependence written for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1975, as the United States of America approached 200 years as a nation, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia issued a bold Declaration of Interdependence penned by Henry Steele Commager.

Unity Worldwide Ministries has a Declaration of Interdependence, based on 5 principles:

  1. God is the only presence and power active in the universe.
  2. Everything is an individualized expression of God.
  3. Through the power of thinking we activate Divine Energy that expresses as emotions and manifests as conditions. In this way, we create live’s experiences.
  4. Through prayer and meditation, we come into a direct awareness of the presence of God.
  5. Knowing the truth is not enough. We must integrate action with insight to evolve, transform, and create positive, sustainable change in our world.

Bahais believe in the interdependence of the individual, community and institutions of society for the advancement of civilization.

While the United Nations in 2011 studied Globalization and Interdependence – the increased flow of goods, services and finance across national borders, they were critical of the resulting economic instability and inequality.

Even the Harvard Business Review notes “We hold this truth as self-evident: our lives, work, and well-being are interdependent. Everything and everyone is — or can be — connected.”