Self-reliance means different things to different people.
The famous author, Ralph Waldo Emerson, considered self-reliance to be the avoidance of conformity and foolish consistence. He believed that people should develop their own ideas and beliefs.
To others, self-reliance means stockpiling five years’ worth of food, buying a diesel generator, and building a bomb shelter.
From a practical viewpoint, a self-reliant person is able to pursue original thoughts and ideas, while successfully navigating the basics of life without an unreasonable amount of assistance.
This includes the ability to procure food and shelter, live a healthy lifestyle, earn a living, and maintain healthy relationships.
Total self-reliance is neither possible nor desirable. No one can handle the challenges of modern day life without the assistance of others. Sooner or later, you’ll need legal assistance, a new transmission, or a trip to the emergency room.
Total self-sufficiency would also exclude others from your life. Relationships are an important part of the human experience. Imagine how empty life would be without others to share in life’s ups and downs.
What’s important is learning to take care of yourself to the best of your ability.