Delusions of Usefulness

Mar 9, 2010

I don't know if this gives me hope or depresses the hell out of me. You be the judge:

If you feel the need to turn a light switch on and off exactly seven times before leaving a room, you have OCD. If you need to run exactly five miles every day before breakfast to feel right, you are considered disciplined and athletic.
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A Muslim, a Christian, and a crazy guy walk into a room. The one thing you can know for sure is that at least two out of three of them organize their lives around things that aren't real. And that's the best case scenario. Atheists would say all three have some explaining to do. And atheists are the minority, which is the very definition of abnormal.
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The best you can hope for in this life is that your delusions are benign and your compulsions have utility.

- Scott Adams, Crazy or Disciplined?

1 Response to "Delusions of Usefulness"

What She Says:

My question is, who does Scott Adams think organizes their lives around things that aren't real? The Muslim and the Christian, the Muslim and the crazy person, the Christian and the crazy person?

I'd have to say all three organize their lives around things that are real, though unseen.