Interdependence reflection- Laura McNevin

I think everyone has a responsibility to be kind to one another. Even if it’s something as simple as holding a door for a stranger. If we’re going to refer back to the grocery store example from the workshop meeting, being nice to retail workers. They’re just one step in a much longer and more complicated chain of events and therefore don’t necessarily have much control over certain things (like the prices of goods for instance). I always try to be kind and friendly to retail workers because it can be such a tense and high-stress job since customers feel the need to be rude and just generally not nice. It just makes their day a little bit better and a little bit easier when customers behave themselves or maybe even go a little out of their way to be a little extra nice. It goes a long way.

I’ve never consciously considered myself to be a product of interdependence, but that’s mainly because I wasn’t really cognizant of it. Of course I knew that there was a chain of ¬†events that brought goods from A to B, but I didn’t realize it was a Thing. But it makes sense know that a name has been put to the phenomenon. Every action has a consequence and everything we purchase or use or consume comes from somewhere and there’s a process of steps it has to go through in order to get to where it’s going. We’re all stuck on this big space rock together and we need each other and all our silly little processes to survive and thrive.

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