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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Just finished reading an article about this incident ... unbelievable .... and indicative of the "Mountains Are Us" business interests with a "Top of the hill or Bust" mission for folks with money and weak ethics. We are in bad shape as a species when we have a glance at the "roadkill" mentality about fellow humans.

Tom Strong

You know, there's more than a hint of this attitude in the IMAX documentary about climbing Everest that came out several years ago. While the documentarians note the deaths of their colleagues and friends on their way to the top, the documentary nevertheless ends on a creepily triumphant note - "we made it (never mind the corpses)!" kind of thing. It was a really disgusting movie - the moral ugliness of the filmmakers ultimately obscured the foreboding beauty of the mountain.


To keep full perspective on this ...

The article I read on this noted that those who summit Everest today are not always very skilled mountaineers. Today, anyone with a good level of fitness and a big wad of cash can summit Everest. It's done with with armies of Nepalese sherpas laying miles of fixed rope, walking ladders over crevasses, and carrying all the climber's equipment.

Serious mountaineers today actually sneer at Everest as "not even climbing." The mountain remains quite dangerous, but it's just not what I'd call inacessible anymore.

So often, the people climbing have no serious climbing skills. It's worth noting that many of those who passed by the dying man probably didn't have the technical skill to help him even if they had wanted to.

That said ...

Come on! 40 people?! That just ain't right!

But I do think it shows that entitlement is the true guiding principle in modern society. People feel like they have a "right" to stand where Edmund Hillary stood.

News Flash: the only thing some of these people have a right to is to be sneered-at when they brag about their "adventure" at cocktail parties.

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