posted on Jan, 6 2008 @ 08:18 PM
After an afternoons worth of banter re: Has psychopaths taken over ATS, I read this after sitting on the loo with my Castanzaish red flagged garage
sale 'Introduction to Psychology
Exploration and Application' sixth edition, Dennis Coon.
Catch 22- A Practical Definition of "Crazy"
Can't you ground someone who's crazy?
Oh, sure, I have to. There is a rule saying I have to ground anyone who's crazy.
Then why don't you ground me? I'm crazy. Ask Clevinger.
Clevinger, where is Clevinger? Find me Clevinger and I'll ask him.
Then ask any of the others, they'll tell you how crazy I am.
Then why don't you ground them?
Because they're crazy that's why.
Of course they're crazy, Doc Daneeka replied. I just told you they're crazy, and you can't let crazy people decide whether you're crazy or not,
Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy.
(This excerpt from Joseph Hellers novel Catch 22, captures the ambiguities presented by the classic question, What is normal?. Drawing the line
between normal and abnormal can be done only by weighing some complex issues.)
Sorry for the winded book quote, but I thought it was important enough to share.
[edit on 6-1-2008 by jpm1602]