Monday, November 14, 2011


In 'Catch 22' Yossarian is out to disrupt the educational sessions started by Clevinger. He doesn't have to work hard, after the first session (just imagine what the content was) when they ask if there are any questions they get the following:

Who is Spain?

Why is Hitler?

When is right?

Yossarian then asks 'Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear? referring to Snowden who had been killed recently. Headquarters come up with a cunning plan as follows, something that still has a familiar feel to it:

"Group Headquarters was alarmed, for there was no telling what people might find out once they felt free to ask whatever questions they wanted to. Colonel Cathcart sent Colonel Korn to stop it, and Colonel Korn's rule was a stroke of genius, Colonel Korn explained in his report to Colonel Cathcart. Under Colonel Korn's rule, the only people permitted to ask questions were those who never did. Soon the only people attending were those who never asked questions, and the sessions were discontinued altogether, since Clevinger, the corporal and Colonel Korn agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything."


Anne Higgins said...

Thanks for posting this. I read Catch 22 about 35 years ago, and had forgotten how thought-provoking ... and funny... it was.

I am enjoying following your blog.
Am a big detective fiction fan... just a devoted reader all around.

Best wishes from Anne

Igneos said...

Hi Anne,

I am glad you are enjoying it, things are rather eclectic for me at the moment, I seem to have a vast amount of energy for christian existentialism, don't know why but everyone else got bored of it about40 years ago. Ross Macdonald is comfort reading but he is certainly as good as it gets. I have started to read Hemingway again the ast few weeks.

Hope I can keep going, things are going to get very busy for me but - they always are!

Best wishes, Rod