'Well normally, yes' Sonic agreed, 'but at the moment we're characters in a book.Look, this talk is all getting very complicated, and we've got a real problem to deal with here.' Several members run to window and look out. Cut to studio: the members run to a door and open it.See also Genre Savvy (which doesn't involve the Fourth Wall) and No Fourth Wall.
To truly be a giver, the person must take into account what the receiver needs and not only what the giver wants.
By giving to someone with different needs, a person is trained to think and give on terms other than his or her own.
(What we use now, atzma'ut, is of modern vintage.) The concept of independence doesn't exist in Jewish tradition.
Aside from God, nothing and no one is really independent.
Generally, this awareness is brief; it's used for a joke or two and then never mentioned again.