Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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I admire your friendliness. It is said that people mellow as they age.

I very much agree with this delineation. I think people need to somehow be able to feel good about themselves while at the same time recognize that some ways or characteristics are better than others. If one refuses to identify better, there is no place to go, no place to work towards. Although I have many failings, I can feel good about myself in that I aim to do the best I can and aim to improve myself.

I think that's the real trick here. As is pointed out, the liberal worry is that by doing so, you will make some feel inferior. In the case of gays adopting children, I think the case can be made that even assuming total equality, most children, all things being equal, would be better off with straight parents because most kids are straight. Maybe the opposite would hold with gay kids. But even there, it would make sense that everyone be of the same sex for it would be more difficult for a gay boy to view his parents as role models if they were lesbians.

But even assuming inferiority, I think the trick is to find other things that make one feel valuable. For instance, I likely have inferior kinesthetic ability, and that's okay because I don't ground my worth on my abilities or talents. Rather than continually comparing oneself to others, it is more sensible to compare oneself to one's former self. Am I improving or not? Any other way will either lead to false pride or unnecessary depression.

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