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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 39 People

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    Overall I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I really object to is how Ishmael calls for not increasing the food supply. I agree with the net result that this would have ( stopping population growth), but I think it's a very easy thing to say with a full stomach. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jan 31, 2008

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    Cause The Real Law Of The Jungle Ain't Kill Or Be Killed

    it doesn't work like that! look up the law of limited competition!  However, Rudyard Kipling in his fictional work, The Jungle Book, uses it to mean an actual law code used by wolves and other animals in the jungles of India.The entire verse is as follows:Now this...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M 2 Responses Feb 2, 2010

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    Finished It Today

    I like the conversation that takes place when Ishmael takes on the part of a hunter-gatherer and the narrator acts the part of the cultural missionary.  It's my favorite part of the book.  I like when he gets to the point that "the premise of the taker story is the...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 4 Responses Apr 2, 2008

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    When I Read This I Was In the Navy

      For the record if you ever want to deconstruct the military mentality, try explaining how man-kind ruined everything by seeking security- thus becoming a TAKER
    mr4553 mr4553 36-40, M Apr 22, 2009

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    Cause The Real Law Of The Jungle Ain't Kill Or Be Killed

    it doesn't work like that! look up the law of limited competition!     However, Rudyard Kipling in his fictional work, The Jungle Book, uses it to mean an actual law code used by wolves and other animals in the jungles of India. The entire verse is as follows: Now this...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M Feb 2, 2010

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    Ishmael Fits With My Anarchistian Perspective

    When I read Ishmael - which was quite a few years ago now - I was both terrified and relieved. It was refreshing to hear someone with the guts to proclaim the truth. The idea that scarcity is fundamental to our human condition and we cannot trust God/providence/the universe to...
    gavmac gavmac 46-50, M Aug 20, 2010

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    Daniel Quinn Blows My Mind

    I need to reread all of his books (yet again), since I own them. I don't know why it occurred to me to write this story. I think I answered a question earlier about books with "Ishmael", and I was thinking about how effective the Socratic Method is as a way of teaching. People...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 16, 2013

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    Beyond Civilization and Elections

    I sometimes wonder if we are better off with Republican rule, in terms of moving beyond Taker Culture.  I'm afraid that Obama will just slow down this process and delay the inevitable. I think we need to let Taker Culture implode, so that we can build on top of  the...
    ag123 ag123 41-45 14 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    A View Point From Orbit...

    This books real power for me was to put me in a position where you can see our world from a different perspective, can see the big picture. Much like the affect astronauts claim to experience when they see the whole planet from orbit. Still, the most shocking thing for me was the...
    ammonite ammonite 31-35 1 Response Sep 17, 2008

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    Gave Me A New Way Of Thinking

    so i read this book for an ap class and i loved it. i loved how it went into takers and leavers and just people just described the way we are and what we are doing, for me this was an eye opener, theres so much more i cant even write it all down i loved this book. it even goes...
    agonyblue agonyblue 18-21 1 Response Sep 5, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    Was bullied a lot in school but mostly by boys. I don't know. Girls are just usually kinder. Perhaps they're humoring us and telling white lies I don't know but it does make them...
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix 26-30, M 1 hr ago

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    I thought we were really good friends. I had considered him my best of the best friend. I told him all things about me and there was total transparacy from my side. I though he was...
    knightstar95 knightstar95 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    The fact is, I don't have really a "true" friend to talk to about anything .
    Maroon16 Maroon16 18-21, F 7 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Just today I was at home with an Asian friend. She was wearing a skirt and doesn't know how to sit ladylike. I was able to snap a couple of pics of her panties. Message me if you...
    MrProdigy7 MrProdigy7 26-30, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    ~ It doesn't matter which part of the world you're living, who you are or what your belief is, as long as you need a friend, i'm here for you :) ~
    ideallover ideallover 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    I never really had a lot of friends. I had two close friends and one moved. I came to visit her with my fiance because we were looking to find a apartment at the time around her...
    muffin30 muffin30 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    My ex-friends sucked. There were the little things. Just typical teenaged small problems that would roll off my back. I'd be the third-wheel whenever I was in a group with them...
    sabertigersab sabertigersab 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I made a post about this particular experience before, but I'm thinking about it again and I truly do wish I had close friends. Friends who will accept me, and love me, and put in...
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    Why is it so traumatic when special friends leave? I have a very special friend that has left and I am SO VERY SAD!! Being a good friend is easy, but it is also work. You do the...
    Gentletickler Gentletickler 46-50, M 8 Responses a week ago

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    Here's a story for you. ;) I had a best friend (D). We've been friends for about 10 years. We had good and bad times, that's just normal and our friendship survived them all...
    INFJRyan INFJRyan 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 25

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    I know the value of genuine friendships but yet and still I blow them off. I'm at a point in my life that I don't wanna **** around. I live with my boyfriend we are trying to get...
    Lovlee46 Lovlee46 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    I lose friends..my friends online..most (if not all) of them I guess. How do I say this.. I always knew that people change, that both the way we view them and the way they view us...
    Junderbalt Junderbalt 18-21, M Jul 22

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    So I'm a lesbian and before I was bi I had a crush on my best friend before I admitted I was bi so a loooonnggg time I liked my friend so i didn't want to admit I liked girls (this...
    icantstandme icantstandme 13-15, F Jul 22

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    I think I'm in love with my best friend. Let's just call him Bob, So I met Bob in 5th grade, I despised him greatly because he was annoying. So, I basically bullied him. However...
    kng123 kng123 18-21, F Jul 21

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    So this is my story... i know this guy and we have been friends for like 10yrs and we first met because our parents were friends, we were in brunei then. He is 6months younger than...
    mehgyu mehgyu 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 21

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    I met a girl one day on the playground in first grade and from that day forward she became my best friend. As time grew we became closer then friends. I considered her to be family...
    Curlygirly6 Curlygirly6 18-21 1 Response Jul 20

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    My best friend and I have been friends since we were in grade school and best friends since the start of junior high. We both agree that we're soul mates but in a friend form. We...
    iwishtobeunnamed iwishtobeunnamed 16-17, F Jul 20

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    I would have very few friends if I did not have any guy friends. I think it really comes down to respect and establishing boundries . If my guy friends are married or have a...
    reallysob reallysob 36-40, F 5 Responses Jul 19

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    Honestly when you're in a relationship and you're trying to get advice from the opposite sex that's NOT your significant other's friend I don't think the advice will ever be good...
    taminglife taminglife 22-25, F Jul 19

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    There was this girl i met on a party bus around 2 years ago. She started making out with my friend that i went with but at the end of the night of the night we exchanged phone...
    DragonKing223 DragonKing223 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 18

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    As I lay here thinking of old friends, I realize that I've had several good ones over the years. Many are no longer living, but I find myself thankful that I shared in part of...
    jp20156 jp20156 41-45, M 4 Responses Jul 17

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    I hate people who say things like - "Online friends aren't "real" friends. "Real" friends are people you can see in person or know in "real life"." Who the hell are you to say who...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 11 Responses Jul 17

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    Alright, so I'll start at the beginning. It was my first year of middle school--sixth grade. I had recently been stabbed in the back by one of my best friends and was devastated by...
    NavyArmadillo NavyArmadillo 13-15, F Jul 16

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    I've ended a lot of friendships because most of the people I have associated with have taken me for granted. Personally, I'd rather have no friends than friends who treat me like a...
    agathashelly agathashelly 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    I am always waking up at 4 A.M.and reading posts like these out of desperation, so I figured I'd actually contribute. I'm a 21-year-old girl. I'm attractive, smart, sarcastic...
    cec75 cec75 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    I am a girl but in all honesty I think I probably have more male friends than female friends. A lot of the girls I know are stuck up and judgmental but most of the boys I know are...
    iamabigtease iamabigtease 13-15, F Jul 14

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    Everyone says they are a "good friend," I mean whose gonna say they are a bad one? So when I say I am a good friend, I mean I actually am a true, real life good friend. This is...
    LGLlove LGLlove 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 14

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    ...and so the story goes. I won't start at the wayyy beginning, I'll start at middle school. In 7th and 8th grade I was hot ish. I knew the majority of people and the majority of...
    DarkAngel24 DarkAngel24 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    One of my closet friends is a guy. I've been friends with him since I was 12 years old. He was just 11 years old and new in town. He got on well with everyone at school and had...
    VolunteerMouse VolunteerMouse 22-25, F Jul 13

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    She became one of my bestest friend in junior high . But when we became friends in highschool and graduated we lost each other out of nowhere she changed alot she betrayed me with...
    pauu93 pauu93 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    I met one of my best friends on facebook... we had a friendship for about 5 years and I really felt like I can trust him and be real friends.... one day he proposed and I was...
    noora17sage noora17sage 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 12

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    I don't know if I have friends or I am the only one who thinks that I have friends. I don't feel that I have friends at all. I feel like I am being avoided and rejected again...
    19chum 19chum 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 12

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