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Economic Growth & Health

I have a strong conclusion that health conditions or even the awareness of good health practices are a direct function of economic prosperity of the individual. This has been arrived by looking at my family, my friends and their families around. Let me try to explain:

The principle rationale behind this conclusion is based on the fact that if I am not economically strong, how can I think anything beyond my basic survival strategy followed by some avenues for saving for a better future ? My life becomes circled on various transactions to reach this objective and to try to achieve this, I spend 14-16 hours a day with the rest 20% – 30% of the time spending in taking some rest in order to recharge myself for the next day survival.

Once I have some money in my bank and I think my basic standard of living has improved (which can be easily measured by the method of transportation now being mostly used, by the frequency of visits to restaurants and movie theaters, etc), then I automatically think of various other subjects that will tend to make my life longer and yet happier.

That is the time I hear on terms like “returns from equity much better than debt instruments”, impact of social marketing and social-commerce and of course, the various terminologies that pertains to the health barometer. I tend to know what HDL stands for, why triglyceride is not good for the long run, what are the parameters that normally come under a Lipid profile test, etc. By the way, I am not a doctor by profession, nor am I associated with the medical line; yet, there is a big knowledge investment on health parameters to allow me to even lecture to my friends on what food they should avoid if they have a high SGPT !

However, at the end of the day, do we, sometimes tend to think that “ignorance is bliss” when we can have two cream-cracker biscuits thinking of the moron who actually named this as a “cream cracker”  !! Who would have cared for this knowledge and deprive us of the niceties in life ?

Well, guys, if you feel the frustration similar to the above, let me tell you one thing – you definitely have gone up the economic prosperity value chain :-)

The end of the unit of measure called “mandays”

In various fields within the corporate world, billing to clients is often measured by the concept of “mandays” efforts …. even workpackages are measured by the effort in “mandays” … ok, ok, ok – I am not being a male chauvinist .. you can replace the word “mandays” by “person-days” if it would satisfy your feminist ego’s :-)

Well, if you go into details of “mandays” or “person-days”, it is often considered as the output corresponding to working of an individual in a day – whether that consists of 8 hrs of efforts or 9 hrs or 10 hrs – that is a different perspective very often leading to debates and where human rights organisations along with our beloved comrades will start shouting of exploitations, etc etc … but in effect, this basically means a unit of productivity equal to the work one person can produce in a day.

So, what’s wrong in that ?

Well, it is not true that an individual will be consistently productive in the same level every day. Or even during a project work (say), it is not true that the work load will ALWAYS demand 8 / 9 hrs of work every day throughout 365 days a year. Very often, you will find some “lean” days or even “lean” periods where you come to office and find a “relaxing” time as there is not much work for that day.

If the above is true, why would clients would “pay” for “mandays” when you are not that productive, whatever the reasons might be ??

Assuming you agree to the above logic, then the question is that what will be a substitute of “mandays” ? Now let my genius mind come in play – ha ha ha ha ha …

I would recommend the unit of measure to change from “mandays” to “calories” … basically, any work (whether physical or even mental) results in burning of calories .. so if we can measure “calories” spent (which I believe we can, going by the calorie meters available in the market), we can very well estimate efforts in “calories” and hence make commercial transactions against the same.

Some might question that a physical “labour” kind of work will involve higher spend of calories as compared to white-collar mental work … Absolutely true … maybe, we should evolve a conversion factor between a predominant “mental” work vis-a-vis “physical” work so that we can come up with an acceptable standard globally.

How ? Well guys, that I leave up to you to find out … otherwise, how on earth will YOU spend your calories ????

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …

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