Perhaps we need to rethink what independence means. Here are some thoughts. I borrow these words and ideas from Gregg Krech of the ToDo Institute in Vermont.
"Independence often stimulates a sense of pride - a sense that I am competent, capable and can get along without others.
Interdependence, on the other hand, stimulates a sense of humility, a reminder to be grateful, an acknowledgment that we cannot exist except through the efforts of others."