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The Macro and Micro

April 15, 2013

You dream to reach the sky at times; you wish to go far in life. It is the early morning, and you leap to your computer ready to work. You begin researching feverishly. Then there’s a fascinating side topic. Best check that out before you forget! Oh, look at the clock – time to check those emails. Time for… Suddenly, hours have passed and you’ve done nothing.

This is the micro area of improvement – improving yourself on a personal level. You want to reach the sky, but do you know what you want to grasp? Do you have goals? A detailed plan on how to reach those goals? Are you spending your time efficiently? We can ask a thousand questions of ourselves – we aren’t perfect.

At The Holistic Thinker we want you to go far. The goal is to get to that wondrous stage of holistically considered views. But to get there we need skills and knowledge. Want to get more d0ne? You need to know about various parts of psychology and discipline. Want to make that studying and reading less time intensive? Read about memory retention, and learn how to remember more effectively in shorter spans of time.

Look, it’s possible to do well without all this background knowledge, but you’re far more likely to succeed with this knowledge. You might chance upon the right way to learn and just do it, but there’s a good chance you won’t. With the right knowledge and discipline, you will always be doing things the right way.

And you remember our Grand Synthesis, right? Your synthesis will vastly improve in quality with micro reforms. The synthesis is the culmination of your knowledge and experiences. Micro reform allows you to garner more knowledge, have more time, and expand your synthesis – this allows you to refine it with more things; you get closer to the asymptote of truth.

That’s micro reform. What’s macro reform though?

Macro reform refers to the reforms generated at a broader, societal level. Government education policy is an example of an area where macro reform is needed. Macro reforms – macroeconomic policy, educational policy, law and order etc.

Macro reforms are just as important as micro reforms. We do shape our surroundings and make a difference, but we are, in part, a product of external influences. If crime increased drastically because the police budget halved then you’d be more worried because of thefts. You’d have to take precautionary measures to retain the same number of belongings. The list goes on.

Macro reforms are also crucial. Without effective macro policy, the individual’s ability to prosper is harmed. Furthermore, society suffers. Of course, it’s often the individual’s support upon which macro reforms are implemented in a democracy, but that’s a topic for another post. The line between micro and macro reform does get blurred at times; that’s why we need both.

An example

Those readers who checked out the ‘further reading’ section of The Grand Synthesis read this debate http://www.debate.org/debates/Reduce-homework-lengthen-schooltime/3/ . We’ll discuss this issue in a future post, yet for now let’s keep it simple. This reform was a macro-reform for educational policy. However, a great deal of the debate focused on memory retention; macro reforms could help instill better memory retention… a micro area of focus! Another area of the debate was logistics and timing. The proposed policy was innovative in reducing the total time spent on schoolwork; macro policy opens up more free time for the individual to utilise as he wishes. How the individual uses this free time is a matter of his interests, hobbies… all areas of micro focus.

That’s just 2 examples of the overlap between macro and micro. Keep both in mind. Separate them when necessary, but never forget their intertwined existence.

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