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This is made of win:

"Because he's crazy," Doc Daneeka said. "He has to be crazy to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he's had. Sure, I can ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to."

"That's all he has to do to be grounded?"

"That's all. Let him ask me."

"And then you can ground him?" Yossarian asked.

"No. Then I can't ground him."

"You mean there's a catch?"

"Sure there's a catch," Doc Daneeka replied. "Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy."

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed

-Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

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4 comments:

Hayley said...

I'm having a "gosh darn it, why do these speech kids have to interp the classics and ruin my ignorance of a book I would have read but now won't because it's totally spoiled" moment.

Yep.

Hayley said...

Except not really. Now I'm more excited about reading [the rest of] it. True story.

Micah E. said...

It is made of win, even if I don't know what it is. Nice new layout.

Art said...

:)

Wonderful, another book to put on my reading list!

I likes the layout.