You are independent. I am independent... You are self-reliant. I am self-reliant ... When, if ever, might we need each other? How on earth can two, or more, independents be mutually reliant?
The pursuit of a person's individual thoughts, opinions and actions; independent of the thoughts, opinions and actions of others.
The absence of contraint upon a person's pursuit of individual thoughts, opinions and actions.
Thoughts, concepts and actions correspondent with verifiable facts and evidence.