Dependence. . .it’s not a word we much like. It’s the antithesis of what it means to be an American. After all, we have an entire day each year dedicated solely to celebrating Independence! To talk of dependence is to talk of weakness and lack of backbone. We revile the notion that we should be dependent on anyone or anything. We lift up icons of independence – the document that declared it, the Bald Eagle, and loners like John Wayne riding off into the sunset. Read More. . .