Monday, April 23, 2018

The Fatigue Factor

Ruffled gray covers and sheets with two pillows and a large window with blinds above it

[Photo by Quin Stevenson at Unsplash]

A question that should arise whenever watching a lengthy process that produces a major decision: did that decision come about as the result of careful analysis or was it simply reached because of fatigue? 

Long-time followers of this blog know that I regard fatigue as a sadly-neglected subject. This post was inspired by reading Winston Churchill's account of the diplomatic intricacies that followed the end of the First World War. It is likely that time after time key decisions were being made by extremely tired people. [It is an even safer bet that their staffs were worn out.] 

If such decisions sometimes seem to be baffling, the political considerations are not the only factors to explore. 

Lack of sleep may also have played a role.

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