Remember this piece by Joseph Heller that sets out the problem for a scared fighter pilot trying to get grounded in WW2?
………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 were 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.....
|Keep your feet on the ground|
Perhaps Joseph Heller has had a hand in designing the current recession:
Recovery in advanced countries where high levels of debt have coexisted with negative real interest rates for many years must require increased public spending, tax cuts, QE or other measures that may well, in the medium term, cause interest rates and rise choke off growth. So, like Yossarian in Catch-22 one can only let out a respectful whistle at the perfect symmetry of our predicament. To escape this vicious circle of low growth, no growth, etc - there have been two standout tactics and both are a kind of madness, they are: