Steinhoff & The Need For 3BL ...
... Triple Bottom Line accounting embraces Holism, the philosophy of Jan Smuts, among the first Westerners since the Greeks if not the Romans to recognise that all is interconnected, not in an airy fairy sense, but in a fundamental, inescapable scientific reality.
Mathematics in the form of just differential equations alone has classically recognised this in physics and engineering but unlike Eastern philosophy, before the acceptance of Quantum Theory, the West has generally been dismissive of what it does not understand, too readily condemning it as 'mumbo jumbo'.
The 'butterfly effect', coined by the father of Chaos Theory, E. Lorenz, also helped to change this mind set too.
Whilst we do need philosophy to better understand Reality, Reality does not care about philosophy, the pronouncements of the wise.
It also does not care about the pronouncements of the ignorant.
Reality is indifferent and it will be what it will be as a result of what it has been, what it now is and what it continues to be ...
Reality can be the glory of this spectacular sunset if we are wise ... or the absolute darkness of Apocalypse. if we are not