Catch-22 and rubber bands

July 26, 2012 Posted by: Lanxi


1.  An aircraft military officer (if I'm remembering correctly) can become "grounded" (getting out of his missions, or something) if he can prove he is "unfit to fly" (insane).

2.  To prove this, he must request a sort of sanity evaluation test.

3.  However, insane people do not know they are insane, and thus no insane person would request an evaluation test.

4.  Therefore, to request an evaluation proves you are sane.  Another point to add is that trying to get out of combat through means such as this one is a very sane thing to do.

5.  Because of this, it is impossible to be determined insane via an evaluation test, and thus, impossible to be deemed "unfit to fly."

I found this concept on Wikipedia during the trip to the computer lab.  I thought it was a wonderfully convoluted idea.  After reading the article, I was, for awhile, suspended in the state of lively bliss that comes from fascination.

Another important (well, relatively important) thing that happened concerned two rubber bands.  They were linked together.  Philip said I could keep them.  I spent several minutes agonizing over them, trying to unlink them.  Finally, Philip revealed his secret:  it was impossible to unlink the rubber bands, they were "made together."  He said he had sixty of them because he worked in a magic shop.

Wait, this is the last journal we're going to get published?!  If I had known that before, I would have written something profound, something deep, something touching!  Something that could coax the tears from a grown-up's eyes...

All I have to say is, I had an amazing experience at Project Write, and I'll miss everyone and everything except those blasted rubber bands.

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  1. July 27, 2012 at 06:33

    You have written something profound. You called our attention to the absurdities that surround us. Keep publishing on line. Do you use Twitter or Facebook?

  2. July 26, 2012 at 02:13

    Thank you for the laugh, a very happy laugh out loud laugh. Many years ago I read a book, "Catch 22" which is also about sane/insane. I think it was also made into a movie. You might enjoy either one, book or movie, not being sane or insane. Wanted to make that clear. This may be the end of the writing workshop, but please keep writing. You have talent, please continue to share it. Good luck and much success.

  3. July 26, 2012 at 12:52

    Great analogy between inextricable rubberbands, and a logical argument that is illogical. I wonder if that is why "things" are so hard to change- maybe our government is also based on a system that has a built-in paralysis?

  4. July 26, 2012 at 12:22

    Excellent post! Regarding sanity/insanity: the idea of declaring independence from the strongest empire in the world in 1776 may have sounded insane to many people. But, if you want to make your own laws, doesn't that appear to be a sane idea? Your goal might be sane, but the method of acheiving that goal might appear to be . . . not sane. Also -- "If I had known that before, I would have written something profound, something deep, something touching! Something that could coax the tears from a grown-up's eyes..." You do not have to coax the tears (cue the smiley face icon). I think that all of you have performed commendably well here. Congratulations!

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