catch 2022

one of the benefits of a classical education is the richness of metaphor with which it provides you in later life.

the aptness and allegorical alignment can get pretty poignant.


“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's 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. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.”

the reason this resonates as a classic of literature is that it portrays a timeless human context that is and ever shall be all around us.

we see this time and time again throughout history as “leaders of great moment” impose this same shabby trick and seek to invert your not wanting to do as they say into not just a reason but an actual justification to make you.

every one of these despots from plato to bismark, mussolini to mao has believed that they were the anointed, the savior, the leader of great vision come to save you from yourself.

mere facts (much less the acquiescence of the populace) cannot be allowed to get in the way of such utopian visions.

those who fail to see the need to submit to such grand schemes only prove how desperate the need to impose such schemes must surely be.

if you cannot see the wisdom of doing as i say, then i will force you and any who resist only prove that force is needed.

any who follow my diktat are well socialized and may have yard privileges; but refusing them proves that you are unsocialized, need remedial correction, and therefore cannot be tolerated to possess such personal license.

that’s the catch 2022.

and it too is “some catch.”

those imposing it do not feel bad. they feel righteous.

you can see it in their gleaming eyes and the ferret faced fervency of the zealot they so proudly wear upon their overwrought visages as they seek to trap you in totalitarian trickery by rendering that which they want as moral imperative and proclaiming apostate any who dare disagree.

any world view save their world view is not only inconceivable, it is impermissible.

such is the derangement of the demagogue.

you the people will wallow in benighted ignorance of how to properly order your lives and toil under the pain of liberty that you can neither use nor bear unless someone comes along to take this burden from you and arrange the world as it ought be.

this is not about health or facts or rights.

it never was.

it’s about having the ant farm look pretty.

covid is not their only scam and its winding down will only serve to shift this fight to other fields.

it is no coincidence that so many of the most vehement bio-tyrants are also the vanguard of social justice, climate, and class warriors. this is all the same syndrome. this is all the same authoritarian drive seeking vectors by which to manifest.

2022 is merely the thin end of the wedge, the flag of convenience under which to build the structures of subjugation. and this is why those who would sustain some semblance of a free society can allow it to go no further.

ending this fascist moment will require more than a better herding of the sheep. it will require waking up to how this is being done to you and by whom.

it must be ingrained into our lives and our society: the state is not the answer.

you cannot comply your way to freedom of entrust your liberty to ever more convoluted systems of permission.

if you lack the right to say “no” then you posses no rights at all.

keep the lessons close.

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don't you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.”