8/24/2006

The Bathtub Test

It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself
from time to time, and
this should help get you started. During a visit
to the mental asylum,
a visitor asked the Director what the criterion
was which defined
whether or not a patient should be
institutionalized.

'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub,
then we offer a teaspoon,
a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him
or her to empty the
bathtub.'

'Oh, I understand,' said the visitor. 'A normal
person would use the bucket
because it's bigger than the spoon or the
teacup.'

'No.' said the Director, 'A normal person would
pull the plug. Do you want
a bed near the window?'"