Analytic Vision

How to Fix the Whole World

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 11/02/2010

They tell a story of a father who wanted to keep his son out of his way and keep him busy, so he cut up a map of the world from a newspaper into little pieces and gave his son the pieces to make into a puzzle of the world. He was sure it would take his son many hours, since his son did not know where the countries were… Instead, his son came back after a short time and handed him the puzzle complete.
The father was incredulous and asked the son how he had done it. So hisson turns over the puzzle and shows his father that on the back of the picture of the world, there was a picture of a man. The kid had simply turned the peices over and put the man together, and when he had finished the man, he turned it back over and realized he had fixed the whole world.

[not written by me, received by e-mail]

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