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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    Thoughts?

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    yeah! I've made many good friends on the internet, from different countries, from same country. back when yahoo was popular and different forums. I feel very comfortable with...
    LittleCreates LittleCreates 22-25, M 1 hr ago

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    Try no best friends who care. Watch who u call your best friend because most likely that person will always put themselves before you.
    sammylynn333 sammylynn333 16-17, F 1 hr ago

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    So I had sex with my friend, we been friends for 4 years but we stopped talking for 3 years and when I started talking to him again I went over to his house, we started making out...
    neymar0911 neymar0911 16-17, F 2 Responses 21 mins ago

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    I am in Melbourne, Australia and looking for a FRIEND with benefits...Ladies only...!!
    meetme63 meetme63 46-50, M 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    All I needed was a friend and you were so cold to me. Here's to another lonely, tear stained night.
    sassy19love sassy19love 13-15 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    New friends 😊 may help me through my hard times
    AMarinesGirl0401 AMarinesGirl0401 18-21, F 19 mins ago

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    10 things I don't need in a friend. This is for those people who thinks that I am just dumb and easy to be bullied. Even though you call me your “friend”. BUT actually, no...
    TheOneYouAvoided TheOneYouAvoided 16-17 1 Response Sep 23

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    I have had many friends in my life, some true and others not. However, I still feel that I would like to have that one good lifelong friend to laugh with about our great...
    queenruth queenruth 18-21, F Oct 2

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    I know ive said that i only had one person i can talk to and count on but the more i think about it, its not true. I want to have a friend, just a friend, not someone that wants...
    HojaCaida HojaCaida 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 5

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    I was really depressed last November to the point that I didn’t believe I was depressed and told my 2 best friends I was bipolar when I wasn’t. I also told one of them I was...
    em27soccer em27soccer 16-17, F Oct 7

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    2 and a half years ago I was dumped by a male friend, who I would consider the best friend I’ve ever had. We connected on every level and I had never emotionally been as close to...
    iwannaLIVE iwannaLIVE 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I am in my early 20's, recently graduated college and I am friendless. Unfortunately, this isn't something that just dawned on me now.. I have realized this for a while ...5 years...
    Mela22 Mela22 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have already talked about my friends mom before but there are so many stories that I have decided to post another. So after sniffing my friends mothers panties I wanted to go...
    YoYo2428 YoYo2428 18-21, M Sep 22

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    I honestly cherish friendships with people I can talk to. Be it online friends, or friends in real life. I like protecting my friends, if anyone tries to harm them or insult them I...
    Verasayshi Verasayshi 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 22

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    This a theoretical group. I have no friends to be loyal to, if I had one I would be loyal I think. However my concept of what is a friend, and times being what they are, it's...
    dontcareforlabels dontcareforlabels 41-45, M Sep 23

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    I am close friends with a whole bunch of people they are all different to me and all have different problems going on in their life that I haven't gone through. Two of my close...
    ScarM3 ScarM3 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 24

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    I don't get how people can be able to have hundreds of friends... Most of the people I know are somewhere between acquaintances and friends. And there is a smaller group that I...
    Roccondil Roccondil 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 1

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    I met my BF 7 yrs ago. During our friendship i noticed that her daughter was very demanding of her mother's time. Many people have found that it is really disrespectful to them...
    Dragonlady2 Dragonlady2 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 4

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    Preview I was 15 when I couldn’t handle it anymore, so I decided to go and talk to him. I told him it was great that they were such good friend, but that it was getting too much...
    mydailylifeasme mydailylifeasme 18-21, F Oct 5

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    I've noticed with most of the male "friends" I had wanted to be more than friends (only two weren't like this but one is gay, so that is obvious. Three if you count the one who was...
    ChanelLove12 ChanelLove12 70+, F 2 Responses Oct 7

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    Hey! I am so happy because I've finally got a friend! This is the first friend I have got down here that I think actually likes to talk to me and actually want to form a friendship...
    lacunatrip lacunatrip 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    When I was in high school I had been friends with everyone. There weren't any cliques, everyone knew everyone. But after I graduated, and everyone went away it was just me n' a few...
    LadyOfPuzzles LadyOfPuzzles 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 8

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    No promises. I could never find it in my heart to completely turn my back on someone who wants to be my friend. Once I know your do I try but if I don't think we can be friend...
    RandomDudeFriend RandomDudeFriend 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 10

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    I met my FF about five years ago through work, and now I consider her one of my best friends. I am happily married to a terrific woman, so felt no need to pursue a friendship with...
    regitca regitca 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 10

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    It has been a little over a month since our break up. Everyday is hard but everyday is getting easier. I was best friends with my ex before our relationship, and we decided we...
    Hohjo Hohjo 18-21, M Oct 12

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    This is Merle. I am Jennifer's now husband. have been about eight months now. I'm posting because I'm so damn pissed that I could shoot the freaking ***** who has caused my wife...
    IAMNUTSFORFREDDY IAMNUTSFORFREDDY 18-21, F Oct 13

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    I lost all my friends because of a relationship i was in. I was in this relationship for 8yrs and at the time, i thought he was the one but he wasn't. One of the problems we had...
    Navia55 Navia55 26-30, F Oct 13

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    Growing up I was always the social butterfly. My Dad always said I had a way of making people feel comfortable and at ease, which made it so at one point I had about 7,000 friends...
    xXxsilvermistxXx xXxsilvermistxXx 26-30, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I don't know what I did wrong in this life but I just can't stand my friends anymore most of whom I have known for over 5 years . I don't know why but I always end up alone and at...
    nanagirl95 nanagirl95 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    This is a long story, let me warn you! Six years ago when I started college, I had literally zero friends as I hadn't attended high school due to social anxiety issues. I met so...
    icecreamjunk icecreamjunk 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I'm not sure if my best friend is still my best friend. 3 years ago I started to become really good friends with her at school because we had common interest and were basically the...
    rachel0817 rachel0817 16-17 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I've had 3 people who I have genuinely called my best friends. Each one has hurt me and each one worse than the last... Recently I moved to NYC, it wasn't a place I had planned on...
    luvzmusic89 luvzmusic89 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 22

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    I do because they are so ridiculously hard to find. I used to think I had two true friends but as tme has developed I'm sadly not tooo sure about either. However, when i considered...
    surfdas surfdas 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 23

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    Two friends Once two friends argued, and one of them slapped another. This man felt a pain, but telling nothing and wrote on the sand: — Today my best friend slapped me. They...
    TheShalottLady TheShalottLady 61-65, F Sep 24

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    Am I really that naive? I don't let people in my life often because I'm shy but when I do those people tend to take advantage of me.my first real best friend I've known for 11...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F Sep 24

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    I have 2 best friends. I am glad that they're my best friends because they are awesome,funny,amazing, they give really good advice lol. I'm also glad they're my best friends...
    Zay15 Zay15 13-15, F Sep 27

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    I love my husband dearly, but I need a friend or two. You know...just somebody to talk to about anything...go to have coffee with or shop. I used to have that...but I made a bad...
    catsmeow59 catsmeow59 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    Since I was seven and first met my best and only friend,I had a crush on her. I didn't believe that's what it was when I was little,cause for YEARS my mom decided not to tell me...
    GorillazIsEpic GorillazIsEpic 31-35 1 Response Sep 28

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