Clients often drop into my office asking that I help them justify the building of a wall.

I sit them down and ask them to explain what it is they mean by a wall.

More often than not they say ‘I want to build a wall 3,000 miles long to protect my lower end from invasion.’

As you can imagine several questions come to mind. The first is obvious:

‘What is it that makes you think that your lower end is under threat?’

The answer often contains a great deal of bluff, bluster and deeply questionable facts. It becomes clear that the client is delusional to a dangerous degree and may need greater help than I am able to offer. When someone is in the grip of beliefs it’s a mistake to try and grapple with them on rational grounds. Their belief has become central to their idea of themselves and no amount of logical coherence is going to persuade them otherwise. For example I have said

‘But do you have the resources to build such a wall?’

He replies “Others will pay” and will not be pressed for further details. The dialogue goes on:

“Its my understanding that you drive a Ford Monteo. Wont it be tricky to get all those wall materials into the boot?”

“The people support my wall: they will make sacrifices for the wall. They know how important my rear end is. It will make us all great again. It’s a good deal”. 

And so on.

I cannot dispense medicine but I can certainly recommend that the client go to find someone who is liberal with the prescription pad and may even have the keys to the local sanitarium. Some clients can be really dangerous and should approached with extreme caution.