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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"Right now, we're offered a stark choice between buying it all or rejecting it all. This is immensely frustrating to many, many people who want to investigate, discover, and submit to the truth, but for whom merely to submit to authority is an abdication of responsibility."

Took the words right outta my mouth...


As in everything, the middle path is often the best. I am very keen on the inner voice, but pure individualism can lapse into selfishness or idiosyncrasy. So it helps to participate in a community, if one can find it, to join those inner voices into harmony.

The vision espoused by the new Pope seems to be the other extreme, of structure without room for inspiration (unless you're a member of the College of Cardinals). The dialectical opposite of the Imperial Self is Imperial Rome.

I see the Protestant tradition of a priesthood of all believers as much more democratic. The opposite of hierarchy is radical individualism, and the synthesis is leadership chosen democratically.

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As a sometimes practising Catholic, I am so disappointed.

Sure I don't know the man, I've not heard of him before this, but my heart sinks. I had hoped for someone more forward looking, more humanistic; I feel excluded, as I cannot in conscience agree with the ideas Cardinal Ratzinger espouses, and I am left as I imagine many Catholics are wondering where do I fit in.

I have seriously considered a move to Anglicanism. And maybe now is a good time.


Dallas Willard says it best in "The Divine
Conspiracy". Everyone has the option to be in a conversational relationship with God.
Jesus taught us the way when mankind was not following the laws God gave Moses. We choose to separate ourselves from God, we become slaves to dogma and laws, when we could be having inner conversations with God. I don't worry about the new Pope and his writings as much as I worry about my family and friends refusing the opportunity to try and become empowered by an overwhelmingly generous God who is willing to work along side ourselves in becoming what we each should become. A small shift in thinking: we don't work for God, He/She works WITH us. But the dialogue required is that we carry on a conversation with God, and listen for His/Her answers. The angst of soul-searching ceases, and is replaced with joy, energy, and enthusiasm for Life. And it's free!

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