Post by Lothar Frings
I'm a little confused.
For decades I thought the English
version of the German "Trick 17"
(a clever and most of the time
unexpected solution for a problem)
was "catch 22". But on one website
I read that it comes from the novel
of the same name and means "a paradox
in which the attempt to escape makes
Now - what is one to believe?
What does it really mean?
Believe the novel.
"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."