When Samuel Beckett was once asked to explain the meaning of his play Waiting for Godot, he famously replied, “It’s all symbiosis . . . It’s symbiosis.” What, exactly, did he mean by this remark? Unfortunately, the remark is quoted far more often than it is commented on or explained.
The Random House Dictionary defines “symbiosis” in various different but related ways, including the following:
1.Biology .the living together of two dissimilar organisms, as in mutualism, commensalism, amensalism, or parasitism.
2.Psychiatry . a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.
3.Psychoanalysis . the relationship between an infant and its mother in which the infant is dependent on the mother both physically and emotionally.
4.any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.
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