Posted by Dr. Science on 12/12/2014 in Question
I’ve heard that psychiatrists sell reality by the hour. Is it really theirs to sell? Do they charge sales tax?
———- from Jerry Durand of Los Gatos, CA
The sale of reality is exempt from sales tax in 40 of the 50 states, and our free market allows the sale of generalized concepts to anyone foolish enough to buy them. Most psychiatrists are excellent salespeople, in fact some of the pioneers of modern psychiatry also sold household appliances door to door, just to keep their skills honed. Jung achieved fame by selling refrigerators to Eskimos. You might argue that we each already have a stake in reality, so there’s no need to purchase more, but that reminds me of the time one of my ex-wives had a garage sale, and I found myself buying my own personal belongings a second time. Sometimes life’s funny that way.