I think that any discussion of independence must start with a discussion on dependence.
Being totally dependent and totally independent are not mutually exclusive. They can coexist at the same time. It's just one of the mysteries of how this world works.
So before I say anything else about independence in this series of posts, I want to stress the importance of being dependent.
Specifically, being dependent on people.
The more dependent, the better.
This isn't weak. It's strong to be able to humble ourselves and to be able to trust others.
Just as long as we're being equally independent, at the same time.