on truth’s value

The real searcher after truth will not receive the old because it is old, or reject the new because it is new.  He will not believe men because they are dead, or contradict them because they are alive.  With him an utterance is worth the truth, the reason it contains, without the slightest regard to the author.  He may have been a king or serf – a philosopher or servant – but the utterance neither gains nor loses in truth or reason.  Its value is absolutely independent of the fame or station of the man who gave it to the world.

Robert G. Ingersoll

a world where we decide for each other

From this, one can make a deduction which is quite certainly the ultimate truth of jigsaw puzzles: despite appearances, puzzling is not a solitary game: every move the puzzler makes, the puzzlemaker has made before; every piece the puzzler picks up, and picks up again, and studies and strokes, every combination he tries, and tries a second time, every blunder and every insight, each hope and each discouragement have all been designed, calculated, and decided by the other.

Georges Perec quote on La Vie mode d’emploi

This quote was found in the midst of an post entitled Graveyard of Giants which illuminates some of the issues related to the ship-breaking industry.  The author discusses ethical and economic issues to expose some of our hidden assumptions about out-sourcing to developing countries and our faith in capitalism.  However, I think that this quote serves as the most powerful message he speaks. In a world that is as interconnected as ours, no one is alone.  No decision you make as a designer of ships, buildings, roads, systems, computers, accounting methods, of anything, affects only you.  The responsibility and title of “adult” may very well be the acceptance of this selfless idea.  So please dear world inhabitants, take this to heart and grow up.