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In Catch-22, both Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn seem bound and determined to undermine each other. I know both of them are desperately trying to get promoted (to the point of doing absolutely absurd things to do so), but why such schadenfreude on their parts when the other experienced some kind of misfortune?

  • It’s not enough that they’re rivals? – A E Jul 5 '18 at 21:23
  • @AE That seems vaguely circular to me (or at least "turtles all the way down") - you'd then have to ask why they were rivals, which doesn't really seem all that different than asking why they were trying to undermine each other. – EJoshuaS Jul 5 '18 at 22:31

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