This was given as an example of a catch-22:

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How is the graphic on the right an example of a catch-22? “If you don’t love yourself, how can you love anyone else?” “If no one loves you, how can you love yourself?” What does that even mean?

  • This is really a question for an English literature group. A Catch-22 is not a philosophical concept. Nov 21, 2022 at 2:24
  • @DavidGudeman I think the question is about how love for oneself is related to loving somebody else and being loved.
    – Roger V.
    Nov 21, 2022 at 9:55

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It's ill-framed.

Either the top statement needs to be

If you don’t love yourself, how can anyone else love you?

or else the bottom one

If you love no one, how can you love yourself?

This would be logically framed as two different Catch-22, since both hypothesize that you need one type of love to get another, and the other to get the first.

It might be easily attacked on the grounds the one or the other requirement is false, but not on grounds of illogicity.

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