This is a great little story taken from an episode of The West Wing TV show.
I love the underlying theme of this story. It also seems to ring true with how many of our so-called professional “helper” services really treat people in their care.
This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out.
“A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
“Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
“Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole.
The guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both stuck down here.’
The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.’