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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Your postings are so wonderful. They pull thoughts and feelings from my soul! Therefore I continuously comment. There is no absolutism in killing. I wish there were. I, too, am becoming as you term it, a "connoisseur of ambivalence." If it would be absolutely no killing we would not be at war anywhere ever - nor would we feel the right to execute others. It is far too complex. Of course I would like to be a purist - a totalitarian pacifist. Again - do we want to be God? Is God a purist?

It just seems that this same society that ashli says condones killing infants - also condones killing fine young men - nay, glorifies it!


If only just stating whether or not it is "murder" or "killing" is the end of the story. Sadly, it never seems to be. Such an absolutist view is bound to grind into difficult realms when it comes into conflict with things like "war" or even "insufficient health care." I've always wonder how such an absolutist pro-lifer can justify letting anyone die because they can't afford adequate medicine or health care. Or, conversely, how vegans who believe in the sanctity of animal life down to fish in the sea be so pro-choice.

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