One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Why is routine, order, schedules, and rituals so important to the running of mental institutions?

Why are they important and who are they important to?

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The idea is that the men have a consistency in their life that they can depend on. That way they can deal better with their mental problems. Unfortunately this routine, in the book, sucks the life out of these men.