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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Catch 22"

"Catch 22" - Situations are such that solving one part of a problem only creates another problem. The title of Joseph Heller's novel, written in 1953 and published in 1961 was "Catch-22". The case of John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier, who wishes to be grounded from combat flight but this will only happen if he is evaluated by the squadron's flight surgeon and found "unfit to fly." The plot was a paradox presented as the trap that confined members of the US Air Force. The 'catch' was that, by applying for exemption from highly dangerous bombing missions on the grounds of insanity, the applicant proved himself to be sane (after all, that's what any sane person would do). If anyone applied to fly they would be considered insane. Either way; sane or insane, they were sent on the missions. Damned if you and damned if you don't.

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