Some people think individuals are more and more dependent on each other.some people think individuals are more and more independent. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
In history,the American philosopher and writer Thoreau proclaimed the importance of self-reliance,because being independent,in his perspective,is an essence of integrated personality.With centuries passing by,the social setting and background have changed but it seems that Thoreau would be disappointed if he found that we are more inextricable close each other.
Some people advocate that we less rely on each other than we did in the past.One reason responsible for this is the disintegration of conventional families in most countries in the world.In the past,family members lived under the same roof and they were bound up with some traditional family values such as filial piety and benevolence.It means they would care about each other and sometimes showing unnecessary courtesies is also highly valued.However,the shift in family structure has made the conventional big families into nuclear families,which are made up of two parents and children with much simpler relationship.
Another group of people argue that the social members are more closely associated with each other.We are faced with more complicated and daunting work than before for the reason that our society has developed in a full speed.The ever-challenging task can hardly be soundly handled with the individual capability,which means that cooperation will play a pivotal role in whether the task can be accomplished.In this way,individuals are inevitably connected to each other.
Personally,I believe that the connection between individual is closer.Modern technology facilities the communication from the global level and we have more chance to build relations with people from all walks of life.The soaring cost of living also makes it hard to live totally on one's own,and dependence on each other is a sensible way for this dilemma.
When it comes to the issue about how independent people are in the contemporary society, some people may argue that people begin to live on their own instead of relying on others, but others believe that individuals are still related to each other tightly.
On one hand, individuals are encouraged to express their ideas and feelings currently, which contributes to their independence to some degree. It is acknowledged that creativity is focused on in modern society and it actually means that one needs to challenge the authority with new ideas. Through such a process, people actually could establish confidence gradually, and critical thinking has become a necessity for the public, allowing the public to be more independent.
On the other hand, division of labor strengthens the relationship among people. It is common that, in current enterprises, employees do have their specific tasks and they need to cooperate with each other. Also, on the global scale, countries are related to each other due to globalization. The direct consequence is that employees cannot accomplish a task independently without peers’ assistance; similarly, a country may not develop its economy if it is isolated from other countries.
From my own perspective, these two phenomena do not necessarily contradict each other, and they could be observed simultaneously. Taking living individually as an example, people could live a comfortable life even if they are separate from society. For instance, one could order food, domestic service and other service through the Internet, and then they do not need to rely on their relatives any more. However, living alone does not mean that one is totally detached from society. It may not challenging for some introverted people, like Otaku in Japanese, to stay at home for even a month without going out, but it may be difficult for them to have no access to social websites for a single day. The popularity of social platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, actually enables users to communicate with each other online, which actually reflects that people may live an independent life on the surface, but their social ties are maintained and even stronger.
Some people think that there is a growing level of individuals' dependency on those around us, e.g ， families,friends and work colleagues. However, I do not think that this is the case.
Independence has become more predominant due to modern technologies increasing our exposure to global events. We are therefore becoming more educated and well informed, and as a result we are able to be more open minded than in the past. This exposure is further encouraging us to have more life enriching experiences such as traveling and studying abroad which promote a stronger sense of independence within us.
An increasing level of independence can also be noted through the way people choose to perform every tasks such as shopping, banking and even business transactions. Instead of meeting others face to face, many daily tasks today can be accomplished on our own with the access to the Internet. Thus, many of us can arrange our daily routines according to our personal need and habits.
It is true that there are still existing factors that lead people to remain dependent. Higher demand of life and the resulting increases in the cost of living prevent some especially young adults to possess individual assets such as accommodation and transport. In this case the individual is more prone to seek assistance from families and friends.
However,I believe that the independent thinking that is expanding in modern times through greater global exposure will outweigh the hurdles of higher living costs and will ultimately create a gradual increase in the level of individual independence.