We are interconnected in ways that we don’t realize. Your health can impact my health and vice versa.
Yes, we can do many things independently. We can assert our right to act on our own and to make our own decisions. But at some point, we want a line to be drawn so that your independence doesn’t interfere too much with my independence.
The lines get drawn by cultural norms, laws, and guidelines.
As a business owner I am discovering the importance of these guidelines. I set expectations for clients. Should I make them alone? Or should I be able to turn to guidelines made by a well-informed committee to tell me how to act? What weight do my guidelines have if clients don’t want to follow them? Possibly very little, which could sway my own decisions differently than if I can point to something greater than myself.