This post has been in mind since the recent remembrance of D-Day. It seems that the week of Independence Day in the US and beyond is not a bad time to pick up the story line. All of this relates to Workplace Hidden Opportunities and the urgencies of our present time.
Before you read on, if you choose to, please understand the hypothesis here and match it your own experiences. It matters not whether it applies to your personal, social, business, geographic, or political persuasions.
Infrastructure built, maintained, and destroyed everything we have ever known.
Ike, as he came to be known, served as the 34th president of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. Read more . . .
On June 6 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history: Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, commonly known as D-Day.
By daybreak, 18,000 British and American parachutists were already on the ground. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., American troops came ashore at Utah and Omaha beaches. Read more . . . (D-Day 1944)
What Ike understood (and acted upon) perhaps like no other then or now was the importance of infrastructure. That understanding enabled him to help undo Hitler and later build the dynamics that propelled the US through the decades of the fifties and sixties to prosperity and an new level of affluence.
The Interstate Highway System was as innovative and job creating as the railroad system that proceeded and space travel that followed. Infrastructure in agrarian life that proceeded earlier was less predictable. No sunshine and water, no plant growth and life support. In the industrial age that followed and now the Internet age infrastructure has legacy importance and new meanings vital to socioeconomic well-being.