15 SEC READING: Rebuilding the world

EN ESPANOL AQUI >>> Reconstruir el mundo

A father was trying to read the newspaper, but his little son kept pestering him.
Finally, the father grew tired of this and, tearing a page from the newspaper – one that bore a map of the world – he cut it into several pieces and handed them to his son.

‘Right, now you’ve got something to do. I’ve given you a map of the world and I want to see if you can put it back together correctly.’

He resumed his reading, knowing that the task would keep the child occupied for the rest of the day.
However, a quarter of an hour later, the boy returned with the map.

‘Has your mother been teaching you geography?’ asked his father in astonishment.

‘I don’t even know what that is,’ replied the boy. ‘But there was a photo of a man on the other side of the page, so I put the man back together and found I’d put the world back together too.’

( in “Like a flowing river”)


  1. koko says:

    I think this type of thing always happen on the opposite side.As people normally make mistakes without paying enough attention.and when they realize it was happened on unexpected side and impossible to be failed like that.but it makes you more grow up.

  2. Shweta Jain says:

    Too Good :)

  3. Mathilde says:

    for the son his father is his world. he wants him to notice him
    he put/ puzzled the MAN back together..
    Daddy ..wake up

  4. ycart says:

    great things come from small things:) nice!

  5. prithhiraj says:

    A very witty story….100 out of 100!!!

    1. Angela says:

      Would this same idea work if we put just one part of ourselves back together?Would we ,in so doing, put the whole of ourselves back together?

    2. Asad says:

      Wow. Its exactly what I was thinking. :)

  6. sunita says:

    Quiet funny but i like to remember mow all is well

  7. shkendija says:

    Lets fine the isi wey to make things work,that ve can learn the best maby from the children.Somties we have gift to complicate every thing to much.

  8. Juliana says:

    You gave me reason to laugh.
    Thank you so much.
    You are great.

  9. sunita says:

    It is crystal clear,,,,,an individuals perception turns the solution into complicated mystery or new found discovery,,,,,for others to learn from.

  10. Lia says:

    Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu

  11. Marie Chalouhi says:

    Cest adorable les enfants surtt qd ils sont intelligents !
    Devant leur innocence et leur simplicite nous restons parfois
    surpris .Et pourquoi pas ? tournons la page peut etre ce qui est trop difficile devient plus facile .C est par hasard que ce pt nous a appris un lecon tres importante .on reconstitue le monde en reconstituant l homme et qui sait peut etre le chemin sera plus facile .
    a mon avis les grands joue au monde comme le pt garcon joue au puzzle .ils enlevent ,mettent ,changent et reglent les pieces a la maniere qui convient a leur interet personnel .

  12. Bregel Victor says:

    it is often the case. people in this world are guided by something very subtle which lies beneath the great mysteries and which they don’t realize.

  13. sheela says:


  14. cesar says:

    La solución muchas veces se logra considerando aquellos factores en los que por los paradigmas ni siquiera los tomamos en cuenta; para resolver el problema hay que analizarlos desde distintos ángulos.

    Todos debemos participar en la reconstrucción, desde el lugar donde estemos y en las actividades que estemos realizando; lo más asombroso y satisfactorio será al final en que nos demos cuenta que la suma de nuestra participación haya permitido lograr ese objetivo.

  15. subha says:

    That is the innocent curiosity of a child….which all great scientist,artist and writers excell and have in abundance…….its the freedom without inhibition to explore……and create.Beautifully illustrated.

  16. Vesna says:

    Wow this is so great.

  17. sofiya says:

    what if thr wud hv been no pic of man on the other side??… The person will be lost in the attempt of putting the world back together..!!

    1. SHEL says:

      that’s what we call as pessimism!!!!!!

    2. sofiya says:

      a person doesn’t always has to be an optimist either….


  19. Hací­a mucho tiempo que no habí­a leí­do el desenlace de una sencilla historia,con un contenido tan profundo.

    El Ser humano y el pequeño Planeta donde existe vitalmente en esta breve vida…las dos caras de la misma moneda, por fin se encontraban tras su descomposición.

  20. simple things can be powerful

  21. yam says:

    a problem has many sides..fixing it depends on which side we are concentrating the most..let’s not complicate things when there is a simple way of fixing it.

  22. AMAL says:

    The unpredictable high performance & creativity of the child went beyond his father’s expectations! Ability to judge is essential in rebuilding the world!!

    1. seemi malik says:

      true…we shouldn’t assume anything 100% before it occurs..and after too.nothing is fixed 100%.

  23. Guy says:

    …… and the ma face’s was …. the kaiser !!!!!!!

    1. Guy says:

      …. I’m sorry I wanna said (MAN) thanks

  24. Wow how true if we could fix man we could deffinantly fix the world. Unfortunately there is no cure for ignorance.
    The little boy put together the picture because he saw the pieces of man. Well that’s what he saw in a picture a simple being. He’s young and doesn’t realize the ways of the world and how complex man really is when we need not be. He sees a puzzle of man and put back together the world. How beautiful is that? If only we could always be so pure and innocent of mind. It’s very poetic a child putting back together the world by using man. Wow very soul jerking there. It woke mine up once again. Thank you Paulo for your brillance.

    1. pendin says:

      u rite kali.t

  25. Hera says:

    Children are the greatest treasure and bringing them up with right values is our resposibility, give them the best we can. And every children come to this world with a message from GOD.

  26. Oliva says:

    good and hilarious…:))

    rebuild the world is effortless and the result is great for our future….

  27. Bryan G. says:

    never underestimate the cleverness of kids…LOL

  28. cheryl field says:

    If we just look into our own hearts and set it on the course of love for self and others then that love will reach out to those we know….IMAGINE if everyone did that and touched those around them eventually the world would live in love and peace♥ thankyou Paulo

    1. Nora Chen says:


  29. Xedi says:

    Yea if we change ourselves in a positive way …we can change the world…

  30. kathy ahearn says:

    it is true that if every person made an effort everyday to do the right things and be kind to everyone they met,the worlds problems would be fixed! it sounds simplistic but think about it. if everyone made a comittment to get along with others and always meet halfway in conflicts, there would not be war.one person can make a difference.collectively we can have an impact. try not making any judgements about others and accepting yhem as they are. it is not easy to do.

  31. Noha says:

    I don’t want to rebuild the world, I’m so sick of the deception and murders to innocent people, the injustice and oppression. I used to believe in your quotes and many times they got me through bad times. Now I just can’t, deeply depressed.

    1. Xedi says:

      Don’t let ur self down..the dawn comes after the darkest hour of the night…so don’t afraid of these kind of situations…

    2. Bill says:

      Noha, my friend.

      The injustice is unmanageable. His quotes help us grow ourselves. Others follow their own path.

      Decide what is right for yourself.

      Let others find their path. Each of our paths is different.

      William Kenly
      author of “The Dogs of Divorce”

    3. normendy says:

      there are simply relgious allowed some good ways to acheive aswell if we accept -:)

  32. nadia says:

    It could also be read as follows: to fix the world we only need to fix the man…

  33. Luisa says:


    1. normendy says:

      u rite aswell-:)

  34. Elsa says:

    I like this. I am a teacher and it makes me smile to think that if we help to put persons back together, we are indeed fixing the world. If that is the case then just helping one person at a time is enough. Eventually the world will be put back together. This makes things seem more possible and encourages hope. I like this one a lot.

  35. good use of grey matter(brain)

    1. normendy says:


  36. lesedi says:

    Very profound.to me the message is: change/ fix what you know or are familiar with.
    suddenly everything falls into place…mystique

  37. Monika says:

    Sometimes different aspects of our life are thorn into pieces, just like a picture cut with scissors into a lot of fragments. And it may be extrememely discouraging, as we feel out of place, as if we were leading someone else’s life and not ours… In a situation which is overwhelming, when it seems impossible to put everything into the right place. But the moment we start fixing just one aspect of our life, putting all our heart into it, we might notice that slowly other things and issues also start resolving themselves and getting on the right track. In other words, when we apply passion into solving one aspect of life, there is a great chance that other life aspects get transformed as well. With courage, strenth and inspiration we find ourselves on the right track, a way leading us to fullfilment and happiness.

    This is a method to get the picture of OUR OWN world put together, just like the little boy dit it by solving the puzzle which was on the other page…

    Dear Paulo, I am very grateful to you for the inspiration you provide with your books and this blog.

  38. katherine says:

    Todo tiene solución en este mundo…solo hay que darle la vuelta a la página…y no quedarnos en el mismo lugar…hay que ir en busca de la respuesta y no esperar sentados…

  39. Zsolt says:

    so…if you put the man(men, people) together…you put the world back together too!

  40. Filipo Pasma says:

    Each head is a diferent world!

    1. jaz says:


  41. Rajdeep says:

    I don’t know how am to this …. we panic if we don’t know how to solve the problem… all that I learned from the story is to keep your calm, your thoughts should be clear and think of all the alternatives you have and choose the shortest and the best one bit don’t forget your gaol always keep that as a priority….:)

    1. Rajdeep says:

      I don’t know how am I to this …. we panic if we don’t know how to solve the problem… all that I learned from the story is to keep your calm, your thoughts should be clear and think of all the alternatives you have and choose the shortest and the best one but don’t forget your gaol always keep that as a priority….:)

  42. HAMDI HRABI says:


  43. Evelyn says:

    Muy aleccionador, las causalidades del universo colocan este escrito en el momento justo. Namaste.

  44. Moogleye says:

    The simplist answers pester us when we re busy being intellectual dont they?

  45. Sheets says:

    I wish to tackle things with this simplicity.

  46. taw nima says:

    it’s easy if we try…….

  47. marilia papandrianou says:

    if only we could think like the little boy! sometimes the only thing you have to do in order to solve the most difficult problems is a smile and hopefull thoughts!nothing is impossoble!!a sight through kid’s minds will make the world easier and happier and full with expectations and dreams! (sorry for my english)

  48. Dez says:

    You’ve just put another smile to my face.. How sweet. :)

  49. satish says:

    world will be arranged if every organ of man is well placed,
    no one encroachs upon the rights of others right.