Biologist Lynn Margulis comments that ‘independence is a political concept, not a biological concept. Everywhere life displays itself as complex, tangled, messy webs of relationships.’ In natural systems disconnection and isolation usually represent dysfunction. The simplest definition of cancer is abnormal or uncontrolled cell division where some part of the body ignores the shared interests of the rest of the body. The isolation has become a manifestation and cause of dysfunction.

Isolation has become a major issue in our society – the well-informed organization provides its employees  a sense of belonging. From there, deeper levels of collaboration can emerge. As Luke Naismith states in his blog ‘Knowledge Futures‘:

One particular point from today was that two of the main things that people want out of work is validation and to feel like they belong.  Validation in the sense that the work outputs that they perform are acknowledged and the ideas that they have for improvement are given a hearing.  Sense of belonging as people at work want to feel part of a team and community.

It’s almost as if we have been trained to perceive interdependence as some sort of ‘weakness.’ Maybe some day we will evolve to the extent that there will be a holiday to celebrate ‘interdependence’ rather than ‘independence’. The holiday could be a public acknowledgement (and celebration) of how interdependent we really are.