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Catch 22
August 17th, 2008 posted by JB under Current Events

As they drank from their water bottles he was struck by the recently concluded war not as a historical, geopolitical fact but as a multiplicity, a near-infinity of private sorrows, as a boundless grief minutely subdivided without diminishment among individuals who covered the continent like dust, like spores whose separate identities would remain unknown, and whose totality showed more sadness than anyone could ever begin to comprehend…

- Ian McEwan, Black Dogs

{Photo: Just one of the 80-plus “very graphic, stomach-turning” photos of the recent armed conflict in southern Ossetia, snapped by a Russian soldier}



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[ # 4428 ] Comment from AJ007 [September 11, 2008, 9:26 am]

Joebert,

I’m glad you have a blog on catch-22…
For all you know, it has been my most misunderstood English (American) idiom, along with “wild goose chases.” Back then in the call centers I worked with, customers often mention catch-22 whenever they’re confronted with unjust situation. I got so curious with it that I asked 1 of the customers said it. He explained to me that the origin of it is in baseball. But he didn’t expound since he’s angry and I didn’t dig in.
Then I chanced upon Condrado Di Quiroz’ column about the sanity test for the OFW workers, a proposal by POEA, owing to the fact that some OFWs would snap and the result has alwas been ugly. Catch-22 came in describing the OFW’s situation, that is unbearable but opt to go anyway because they needed to and that they work hard to slip out of poverty and work anyway amidst the absurdities of the situation, and thats catch-22.
Then I chanced upon Catch-22 in wikipedia, as a WW2 story. its nice, fienging insanity in war to escape the war. And thats it, just a thought…
The phrase “chanced upon” though was borrowed from the great Joebert Lazarte.

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