What do you do with a flood of false beliefs?

When we were children, we delighted in asking friends: "Suppose you were locked in a bathroom. Water was running into the tub, and the faucets were stuck so they wouldn't turn off. You couldn't unlock the door, and there were no windows. What would you do?" The usual answer was, "I don't know" or occasionally even, "I guess I would drown!" Then we would shriek with laughter and ask, "Why not just pull out the stopper?"

What seemed to me then no more than a tricky joke now suggests a valuable lesson. When in trouble, let's not forget to pull out the stopper.

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