Mike had this to say on his Facebook wall: “Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.”

I responded: And to prove that, try this for size – “In a world of fugitives, the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.” -T.S. Eliot.

Let me share a story!

Mulla Nasrudin was having frequent episodes of anxiety attacks and suffered hypertension as a result.

“The reports are fine,” the doctor said, “you should probably see a psychiatrist.”


“Yes. Maybe you have a business or a family problem that’s causing these panic attacks. Just a few weeks ago, I had a similar case. The patient was worried about a $20,000 loan and had a nervous breakdown.”

“How did you cure him?” Mulla asked.

“I told him to declare bankruptcy and that life was too short to be wasted over a loan,” the doctor said. “He’s enjoying perfect health now and has completely stopped worrying.”

“I know,” Mulla said. “He has not only stopped worrying, he has also stopped picking up his phone. I’m the man to who he owes the $20,000.”

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10 Responses to Logic.

  1. Mike says:

    Funny… Someone always gets hurt when someone else declares bankruptcy — and it’s not always financial institutions or big stores.
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  2. Looney says:

    This looks like a clever strategy for the doctor: He cures the illness for one patient and collects his fee, but the illness is transferred to a second patient, who must also pay the fee. And so on.
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  3. What happened to the old idea of collateral? Why lend $20,000 without asking for it?
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..Roadwork, 9-27-14

    • I suppose that between friends, there is no collateral. I haven’t given any to any of my friends whenever I had borrowed from them nor they from me.

      • “Neither a borrower nor a lender be. For loan oft loses both itself and friend, And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”

        When Andy and I lend money it’s with the expectation if it isn’t repaid we’ll write it off as a gift. The fellow in the story was just being foolish. It had nothing to do with the psychiatrist.
        Cheerful Monk recently posted..Roadwork, 9-27-14

  4. nick says:

    That sounds like a good example of passing the buck (literally). How handy it would be if the poor had some simple way of passing on their debts to someone wealthier.
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