The test.

The story illustrates narrow-mindedness and the folly of judging people and situations:

A party of visitors was being given a tour of a mental hospital. One of the visitors had made some very insulting remarks about the patients. After the tour the visitors were introduced to various members of staff in the visiting area.

The rude visitor went up to a male nurse and asked, “Are they all raving loonies in here then?”

“Only the ones who fail the test,” said the nurse.

“What’s the test?” said the visitor.

“Well, we show them a bath full of water, a bucket, a jug and an egg-cup, and we ask them what’s the quickest way to empty the bath,” explained the nurse.

“Oh I see, great! – all the normal ones know it’s the bucket, right?”

“No actually,” said the nurse, “The normal ones say pull out the plug. Should I check when there’s a bed free for you?”

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Michael Michalko is the author of the highly-acclaimed “Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques”

https://www.facebook.com/creative.thinkering

 

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