Thinking things through with a good holistic view often brings a moral result if the person is selfish to begin with.
From orienteering you learn the usefulness of a holistic view:
If you walk in a forest without a holistic view of the landscape you get easily lost even if you make masses of glimpses to your nearest environment and even further away. But if you first take one long glance around at the whole landscape and so form a map like picture of where you are, you will find it easy to go where ever you wish, without you getting lost. This is very much the same things as the usefulness of a holistic view in manoveuring in the world.
Asians often have not noticed this difference in the effort needed and in the quality of the end result.