Quote of the week – connectedness & self-reliance

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"If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived?"

— Maya Angelou, global renaissance woman

These words bring to mind two things:

  1. Each of us is an integral part in our society, and the universe at large. We all have a role and a purpose. And we are all connected. A nice thought to remember if you ever feel slighted or unheard. The well-being of everyone and everything, depends on the well-being of someone and something else. That's definitely a good one to remember next time you're about to do something you think will have no consequence!
  2. Charity begins at home and everything starts from the self. For example, launching a big effort to get people to take better care of themselves is an unsustainable feat if you haven't first worked on doing that for yourself. I have observed and experienced this kind of thing firsthand. Reminds me also of something I read last week, about relationships being easy. That, rather than frustrate ourselves attempting to change things that are out of our control, it is wiser to focus on the thing that we canchange – ourselves. If everybody subscribes to this, all the links will be taken care of. 
So while this quote appears to talk of selflessness, I think it can be read to speak more about self-reliance. Whether on the individual scale or, in terms of nations focusing on ensuring that the needs of all its people are met before letting complacency set in.

Do you agree or disagree?

 

 

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