Globalizing interdependence

The interdependence principle affirms the interdependence of respect for human rights, fulfillment of social justice and equity, achievement of environmental protection and preservation, and the attainment of peace.

These components are interdependent facets of a potentially viable solution. It no longer seems possible to consider "problems" in isolation (such as threats and impacts of war; the exponential growth of population; continued urbanization; the use of ecologically unsafe and unsound energy; the loss of ecological integrity; the disposal of toxic and hazardous wastes (including nuclear waste); the disregard for intergenerational and gender equality/equity; the ignoring of health issues related to population and environmental degradation; the perpetuation of the current model of development; the inequitable distribution of resources; the disenfranchised and the enfranchised gap, etc.)

The begging bowl of the Buddha, represents the ultimate theological root of the belief, not just in a right to beg, but in the openness to the gifts of all beings as an expression of the interdependence of all beings. The whole idea of compassion, which is central to Mahayana Buddhism, is based on an awareness of the interdependence of all living beings.... Thus when the monk begs from the layman it is not as a selfish person getting something from somebody else, he is simply opening himself to his interdependence. (Thomas Merton quoted in [The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property] by Lewis Hyde).
Africa Leadership Forum
Type Classification:
F: Exceptional strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions