Impact Analysis — Lessons from Post World War II

The boom of agriculture in the 1800s welcomed machines that would eventually graduate to the Industrial Age. This was due to the need to enhance human efforts.

1939 marked the beginning of World War II. The Nazi army led by Adolf Hitler attacked Poland. Britain and France reacted to this by declaring war on Germany and her allies.

The war escalated with the involvment of the US in the war. The reason was simple - one of their territories was attacked.

The battle of nations meant bigger strategies. The big nations employed the services of professionals so they could build technologies that would help them stand on top

The aftermath of the war resulted in bigger technologies to power the industries that was just growing before the war

More industies meant need for more labourers or workers, but remember a big number had died during the war.

So welcome the baby boom, people began to produce more children so they could fill the labour gap. This defined the generational cohort demographers called Baby Boomers

But remember, more babies meant an increased population, more population meant more demand and more demand meant more industries. And then we moved to trade between cities, nations more cars more ships more airplane bigger roads still counting

But while we were still celebrating this success, fast forwarding to 21st century, we ignored a silent part - the impact of these activities on the environment. It was a discussion in the academia but not of much importance.

Until recently when the effect of environmental pollution, harmful air, global warming, melting of iceberg, we didn't see the importance of attending to the silent cries of this impact

This is my point - I am not really discussing Environmental Impact Analysis. I am here to discuss the analysis of the impact of our day to day activities. The way we eat, the way we talk, our interactions with friends and people we meet on the way, the way we use the public bathroom and toilets. The way we approach our business. These and many more activities. We call them minuties. They are little, yet they are important. They look insignificant yet they define us. Infact the fictional character Sherlock Holmes used this method as a detective because he understood that the whole is the sum of its parts

Giving attention to this minuties is the thin line between leadership and bad rulership, the difference between mere schooling and learning. It’s the line between hard work and productivity. It is saviour from costly mistakes, it is the step ahead of rationality to mount on creativity. It is the power that drives big economies, big nations. It’s the ability to reflect on our doing monthly, daily, hourly and every minute.

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