The Pinnocchio in us
While brainstorming over a poster for global presentation, I was asked about Jiminy Cricket and how I think about him. Then, I remembered Pinocchio: Jiminy is Pinnocchio’s conscience. “Be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide.”
And the rest of the story is Walt Disney’s icon of integrity. Boyish Pinnocchio was loaded with tricks and Jiminy simply have to remind him from time to time. He tells him “Oww! You’re comin’ right home with me this minute!” On a literal note, yes, this is how adults reprimand, to send home their erring and straying children especially when late at night. But on a higher note, vulnerabilities whether intended or not, may sometimes go unnoticed and unattended to
Also, Jiminy reminds us, “Pinocchio! So this is where I find you! How do you ever expect to be a real boy? Look at yourself. Smoking! Playing pool!” When we play with fire as Pinnocchio did, poor Jiminy had to shout and warn him that to be a man is when one ceases to be a boy. But that is not the point actually. Indeed, when we earthlings want to prove something, like Pinnocchio, we resort to malicious tricks and hurt ourselves and the other in the process.
Jiminy patiently continues, “Remember what I said about temptations? “ Yes, Father Marpa was succinct when he said, “ we Christians should separate obligation from devotion.” Again, my director is right that we should not have masses at the expense of government time.”
Maybe, to assuage our feelings because we ignore our Jiminys most of the time, we can just sing “When You Wish Upon a Star” , and maybe the Blue fairy will grant our wishes. From the song, it says, “no request is too extreme, no matter who you are.” .
By: Dr. Nila L. Filamor
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