“The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere”
Thus meaning God doesn’t exist in the left hand side of your head.
∫ Paraphrased then imagined conversation about deeply religious matters »
A strange turbaned holy man on a donkey approached the neeb.
“Hello Neeb, has anyone ever tried to convert you?”
“Not really, surreptitiously perhaps, but never to my face.”
“Are you sure?”
“You mean about my face?”
“Yes. Your face.”
“Why, what’s wrong with it?”
“Nothing, I never said anything about your face.”
“So were you talking about your donkey whilst looking at me then?”
“No, I was talking to you.”
“To my face you mean?”
“Yes, to you face!” …..exasperated.
“Oh, very good. So what do you want again?”
“Has – any-one – ever – tried – to – con-vert – you – to – your – face?”
“Hmm, let’s see. To my face, no.”
“So you stand unconverted then?”
“Then where on earth do you stand neeb?”
“Where on earth? Right here. I stand right here on my ears!”
“On your ears?”
“Yes, on my ears you idiot, didn’t you hear me. I stand right here before God, on my ears. As such you have no need to convert my face as I can already hear every whisper of God. Get back on your donkey you buffoon.”
The turbaned holy man rode away in a state of cerebral disfigurement, whilst his donkey laughed (though the holy man couldn’t hear it).
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.
~ Joseph Heller