Together Or Alone?

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readJun 13, 2024


Bradley Snook

Disconnection from our context causes many human problems.

“I am an individual,” declares the raindrop on a car hood.

Sure, each of us has a unique mind, body, personality, and so on.

But even your body isn’t yours alone. It’s a “joint venture” with microbiota. A 70 kg person has about 30 trillion body cells and around 40 trillion microorganisms [​​1​​].

A fish out of water stops being a fish. Photosynthesis in trees is impossible without CO2. The same interdependence exists between us and society, culture, nature, and the cosmos.

In this sense, the idea of a lone individual is nonsense or pride.

For me to write these words, it took the unseen efforts of countless people. They created, maintained, and developed the context — from myths and game theory to plumbing and laptops.

In turn, my words also impact others. Ideally, every person dances with their environment. And as we know, the point of dancing is not the dancers but the dance itself.

Our isolation leads to conflict with our environment, i.e. loss of rhythm and stepping on our partner’s toes.

For instance, conflicts arise in business when parts of it focus only on themselves. The parts are shareholders, departments, or employees. The company loses its vitality. The dance stops.

What’s the solution? Forget yourself for a while.

Shift focus from self to system, environment, and context.

Sincerely yours,


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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.