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Interdependence is one of those high-falutin’ Buddhist concepts that gets itself bandied around a lot. Often, I’ve been led to believe, by those who haven’t quite grasped it’s meaning. Well, that’s pretty much what I’m about to do, so I’ll duck now and leave you to fight it out…

The basic point is that as sentient beings, we are all pretty much linked together in a massive web of influence, where what I do today somehow ends up influencing everything – from what kind of a day you have to the fate of our slowly-warming planet. The classic description of this is Indra’s Net, which I won’t go into here, but I prefer this rather more succinct version;

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. – John Lennon

And you thought that ‘I Am The Walrus’ was a load of LSD-induced cobblers?

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One Comment

  1. Not having come across the term before, i initially find myself wondering if this is a more down-to-earth version of ‘we are all one’. Would that be fair? Also, perhaps this in some way influenced Chaos Theory? Maybe another case of Science catching up late again.


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