Friday, November 23, 2007

Broken Clock

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day". (Anonymous)

What exactly does this mean? Perhaps it means that even suboptimal actions, individuals, events have some value in our world. Viewed slightly differently but nonetheless similarly, perhaps it means that even individuals that are generally devalued in our society are valuable and thus should be appreciated.


verbal said...

I think it traditionally has to do with the fact that even random numbers can appear accurate sometimes, so concluding that something/someone is accurate based on one or two observations is an unjustified inference (aka "affirming the consequent").

Steve said...

thanks for that factoid!