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To what extent are humans independent or interdependent?

From the beginning God created man. Then "The LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him'" (Gen 2:18). Creating a helper shows God's intention that humans be interdependent. St. Paul says, "Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord" (1 Cor 11:11). Man and woman are interdependent; neither one can claim independence. St. Paul expands upon this saying, "For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God" (1 Cor 11:12). In essence he says, yes, it is true that woman was made from man, but "also the man is born of the woman"-hence, interdependence.

Interdependence is not only between man and women but between all humans. The Holy Bible teaches us to live together, to love one another, to pray for one another "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake" (1 Thess 5:11-13).
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