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09-17-08, 03:33 PM #1
Ralph and Edna
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool.
Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
When the Director became aware of Edna's heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news
and bad news.
The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to
rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded your act displays sound-mindedness.
The bad news is, Ralph hanged
himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'
Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself . . . I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?'the sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
( Baltasar Gracian )
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