Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Scales ask if his life is ironic. The first responder correctly pegs this as Catch-22, a particularly cruel situation where doing A causes B, which prevents C. But not doing A prevents B, which causes C. In life, all human beings like to think they have a choice. There is this magical thing called "free will" which exists in some sort of ether, and a Catch-22 violates this precept. The easiest thing to do is to laugh about Yossarian and Milo and Major Major Major Major, because laughter is easier than feeling bad about it. Irony is that catchall term where we don't know what to say, what to do, how to get by with what we see in front of us.