I N T E R D E P E N D E N C E
But interdependence is a difficult dream for the developed countries to
In the developed, industrial countries of the world, we are screened from
changes in the macro-environment by technology (Boulding 232). Take, for
instance, the depletion of natural resources. We in America don't have to
deal with the fact that fuel to heat our homes is in rapidly-diminishing
supply. We can use the technology of solar heating to protect ourselves
this resource reduction. In less-developed countries, on the other hand,
technology for solar heating has not yet been applied. So when a resource
gone, it is gone. Residents of these "less-advanced" nations face much
The outcome of this is that the most difficult things we deal with in the
developed countries are interpersonal relationships. Think of the amount
help we get for these - there are groups for people to deal with family
alcoholics in the family, children with learning disabilities, etc. Do you
support groups like these exist in the LDC's in the same scale?
So it is hard for the DC's to learn global interdependence. We need help
mastering interdependence on the micro level first.
The key to arriving at a more androgynous,
cooperative, and interdependent
world outlook lies in the "fragility of the technological shell"