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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reader_iam

It's not about the "clash of civilizations" but about the fragility of all civilization, that recent cobweb strung across the mouth of an ancient and restless volcano.

This almost unbearably beautiful in a melancholy way.

And there's so much truth to it, as well.

Wow.

michael reynolds

Sorry, Annie, I disagree. It is about the clash of civilizations. And part of the reason we're clashing is precisely because the Muslim world is incapable of arguing a point without instantly resorting to death threats.

Islam today is where Christendom was a thousand odd years ago: it's backward, violent, aggressive, intolerant, ignorant by choice, anti-semitic, misogynistic, obsessed with death. I don't know why we in the west so often seem to feel the need to make excuses for their civilization. Islam is pathologically unable to live in peace with anyone non-Muslim. If this murderous, us-against-them behavior were based on race or classic nationalism we'd have no trouble condemning it, but because it's based in religion we bend over backwards to try and find excuses.

Islam today is just a less-organized National Socialism.

amba

I'd agree completely if you would be a little more specific. I just don't think you can lay it on ALL of Islam. By doing so you are turning the "clash of civs" idea into a self-fulfilling prophecy and driving all Muslims that way.

This is a particular and aberrant development. And given its dispersal we can never completely defeat it militarily. The only antidote may be another, more benign strain of Islam. I'll grant you that Islam is more susceptible to this aberration, at this time, than other religions, like some people's genes predispose them to madness -- Islam's memes do. (As you point out, Christianity had its plague and developed at least partial immunity.) Mainstream Islam is guilty of not completely disowning and excommunicating it. Some are beginning to do that, but by and large it seems to be a case of "the best lack all conviction, the worst are full of passionate intensity." Still, by lumping all Muslims together you risk pushing them into each other's arms, reinforcing the worst tendencies in the religion and negatively reinforcing or extinguishing the more benign ones.

amba

Please just go read this at Sisu and then think whether, as Jehovah, for the sake of one just man you would save the city. (The implication is very, very interesting that the Muslims might suddenly find themselves unwelcome in Europe. That I think is a sad but not a bad idea. If they can't play by the rules of Western democracy, only live on its social welfare payments, they should go home).

michael reynolds

Amba:
I would never for a moment deny that there are any number of wonderful Muslims. No doubt many who are my intellectual, moral, ethical betters. (He says, damning with faint praise.) But there were any number of wonderful Germans in 1939, and scads of great Japanese at the same time.

We know that in Germany there were Germans risking their own children's lives to save Jews because their sense of justice was so strong. It's hard to imagine better, braver people than that. Nevertheless, we had to destroy Nazi Germany -- in part for the benefit of those very Germans.

I believe that most Muslims are good people. Most of any people are good people. It doesn't matter, because unfortunately, so long as those good people are either unwilling or unable to restrain their larger civilization, we'll have no choice but to deal with the civilization.

The civilization -- Islam -- is toxic. If the good Muslims can render it benign, great, we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief. But if they can't we'll have no choice but to defend ourselves.

amba

It's just a little hard to know where to aim . . .

amba

. . . but then again, I remember that discussion about http://www.mightymiddle.com/archives/222-Nuking-Mecca-2.html&serendipity[csuccess]=">nuking Mecca . . .

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