Après les postiers et les chauffeurs de taxi, voici que les philosophes sont en grève. Nous lisons sur une pancarte : « Pas question de rechercher la Vérité tant que nos demandes ne seront pas satisfaites ».



Catch 22

“You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you’re at war and might get your head blown off any second. »

« I more than resent it, sir. I’m absolutely incensed. »

« You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don’t like bigots, bullies, snobs, or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate. »

« Consciously, sir, consciously, » Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. « I hate them consciously. »

« You’re antagonistic to the idea of being robbed, exploited, degraded, humiliated, or deceived. Misery depresses you. Ignorance depresses you. Persecution depresses you. Violence depresses you. Corruption depresses you. You know, it wouldn’t surprise me if you’re a manic-depressive! »

« Yes, sir. Perhaps I am. »

« Don’t try to deny it. »

« I’m not denying it, sir, » said Yossarian, pleased with the miraculous rapport that finally existed between them. « I agree with all you’ve said.”

JOSEPH HELLER Catch 22, p 173.