In American culture, and perhaps throughout the world, economic self-reliance is valued. Being self-sufficient means not having to depend on anyone else. It allows for dignity and equality in our relationships.
Self-sufficiency seems to be getting more popular. The Internet provides lots of helpful information about growing food, canning and storage, building and fixing things, and other DIY activities.
Of course, extreme individualism is not helpful, and I argued in this post that individual self-reliance must be balanced by a sense of community.
But there is also another problem that happens when we overemphasize self-reliance. We might assume that self-reliance is an end in and of itself. I believe that the final objective of self-reliance is, paradoxically, a state of dependence.