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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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 13 Responses Jul 8, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I need more friends on here. Not just people who add me because they think I sound like a good toy. I want someone to talk to and get to know. I want a friendly friend so hit me up...
    XFeelingRottenX XFeelingRottenX 18-21, M 1 Response 17 mins ago

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    Okay so lets say my name is "Peter" and her name is "Anna" and my friends name is "Chris". Chris and i were really good friends. He was my first friend when i moved to Chicago. His...
    new29 new29 18-21, M 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    If I had friends! 😫😭 I mean I have friends, socially, but nobody asks to hang out with me or asks me to join them on something, unless its my sister and her friends. Maybe...
    ashalew ashalew 22-25, F 6 hrs ago

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    I literally have no friends. I suck at making friends and never really leave the house.
    Sniffly Sniffly 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I have only one true friend in my life and although he means well, I don't feel comfortable talking with him about problems because he just isn't the "talking type" when it comes...
    EmptinessofSeth EmptinessofSeth 31-35, M 3 hrs ago

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    I just want to say that I love my best friend. He's the best thing that's happened to me since I moved to this dead old town and I love him so much I get the urge to hug him just...
    monaxi monaxi 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    I'm not actually dumb, I'm pretty smart. I've learnt to do this because if I don't, I come off as a know it all or something. I don't mean to, but I do. Because I'm so shy and...
    AliasTaylor AliasTaylor 18-21, F 9 hrs ago

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    So I have a friend that used to be on ep, her name was paige1998, and she deleted her account awhile back, but she made a new one, its called shortandchubby, so yeah she is back...
    GhostInDaCloset GhostInDaCloset 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

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    I think FWB is the best thing ever. Who better than a good friend you trust to try new things out with? New positions and techniques, can even tell each other the best techniques...
    Morninglory69 Morninglory69 26-30, M 1 hr ago

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    But I usually prefer humans. Not trolls. Lol. Jk. But, yeah, I'm kinda lonely and have only myself to talk to. I'm sure we can be friends.
    AyushCR7 AyushCR7 13-15, M 33 mins ago

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    I have seen this more and more and I don't understand. Best friend -A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or...
    lovedandadored lovedandadored 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    I wouldn't say I actually hate her. If anything, I'm jealous and hurt. Our parents were friends since before we were born so we grew up together. Inseparable throughout grade...
    Schism7 Schism7 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I've known my"best friend" for almost 6 years now. We met in a locker room freshman year of high school and have been friends since. We understand each other perfectly and share an...
    McLovin0000 McLovin0000 18-21, F Mar 22

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    I am a freshman at my dream school. Everything is going well. I have great grades, and I already got accepted into my program of studies. While that's all great and exciting, it's...
    Jenbean Jenbean 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I don't entirely agree with that statement. I'm never excited to see my friends is a more truthful statement. I've always been very pisces-like, loyal and loving. But now I'm...
    Marvilles Marvilles 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    My best friend all through elementary recently moved away. She wasn't the kind of friend you talk to, though, she was just fun to be around. We had the same sense of silly, non...
    Marvilles Marvilles 13-15, F Mar 24

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    Hello everyone. I am 14 years old and you might think this is just the stupidity of teenage hood but I seriously have a problem. So I became friends with my "Beast Friend " 4 years...
    AlexandraMikhailov AlexandraMikhailov 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    Friends are hard to come by in this world. So are good friends. Friends that care a lot about you and are concerned to see you down. Today, I’ll give you some friends that are...
    Beastmode2011 Beastmode2011 13-15, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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    Hello everyone reading this site. The story that I’m going to tell you now is quite long, but I think it could be useful if you are in a similar situation in the future. It all...
    blinker1 blinker1 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    people school is just about, but hey, I want some friends okay? Girls at school are mostly what all of my friends…… Well, friend or few call the Mosquitos privately, the blood...
    TaylorMarieee TaylorMarieee 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    What is a true friend? A true friend says what they think their friend needs to hear even when they know that their friend may get angry. A true friend doesn't leave because they...
    halo198 halo198 51-55, M 3 Responses Apr 1

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    I was a freshmen in Highschool at the time. I had a really good friend, she always smiled when she saw me. She just was never upset when I was around. Keep in mind I was just...
    Shauntreece Shauntreece 16-17, F Apr 1

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    ​know i am very young, but yes I've fallen in love. so it all started in kindergarten. we instantly connected, he was my best friend over everything. we both had a learning...
    seersh98 seersh98 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    Have you ever had a friend that you thought you were so close to, that you call your best friend, but a time comes where they can stand by you or stand 10 feet away from you? This...
    CollegeStudent22 CollegeStudent22 22-25, F Apr 3

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    It's that friend that you can call at 4 in the morning, that friend who is the only one who can see the pain behind your smile, that friend who can tell whats wrong by the way your...
    16countrygirl 16countrygirl 16-17, F Apr 5

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    When I was in jr. high I met and became fast friends with this wild and friendly Indian girl. We went everywhere together. We even became "blood sisters." That's where you cut your...
    ceywat ceywat 51-55, F 6 Responses Apr 7

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    I want to make better friends. I also want (and suggest that everyone else also) cut out friends who don’t treat you right. Those who don’t value you as a friend. They are not...
    goldenwings17 goldenwings17 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    I just want this of my chest. About a year ago me and my 3 closest friends were just hanging out in a small park. We got some ice cream, everything was okay and we had a lot of...
    anonw123 anonw123 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    This school year has been a whiz, but I'm also graduating from 5th grade. So here is the problem. It all started on the first day of 5th grade, everything was normal, many shy...
    LoveBunny1 LoveBunny1 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 10

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    Unlike most of the stories here on the same subject, absolutely nothing ever happened between me and my best friend: we never dated—nor did anyone ever even suggest it or say we...
    luehdnoea luehdnoea 18-21, M Apr 10

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    Soul sisters, to be frank - That's me and my bestest best friend, which is what we like to call each other. We've only known each other for about a year and we didn't start of as...
    xxxrina xxxrina 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I believe everything happens for a reason and that you meet everyone that you meet for a reason. Most of my friends have been girls, but I've had one really good guy friend and...
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Yes.....I have a best friend......LifeAfterBlake!.....And i met him here,on EPI'm not gonna waste time explaining how much he means to me...........cause he already knows......I...
    TheLegendaryStubbleBeard TheLegendaryStubbleBeard 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    (This isn't a gay story) I had a friend named Oliver. He and I were friends for over 4 years. Some day during last December, I think around the 14th, I told him that he was not...
    Supercat8835 Supercat8835 13-15, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    such a rare event for a friendship to truly endure throughout the years. My best friend is my husband and always will be but I'm grateful for the few girlfriends I've known since...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F 4 days ago

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    Seriously, I NEED more awesome females in my world. I love my guy friends, fine, but it's really not the same as having female friends and it's been getting lonely. I don't even...
    EngulfingBreeze EngulfingBreeze 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    So I've been friends with these two girls for 10 years right. We've stayed close and we've always been there for eachother her family considered me there 3rd daughter. Same with...
    navygirlmilso navygirlmilso 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    One of the main reasons for joining EP was because I enjoy meeting people, talking to them and getting to know them. And sometimes true friendships develop. It doesn't mean that...
    aussieguy01 aussieguy01 51-55, M 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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    I've known my girl best friend, Francine, for 8 years now. She is very bright, very funny, very nice, and the best friend anyone could ask for. I am the luckiest guy in the world...
    aJason23 aJason23 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 21

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    I do love my friends. I probably ***** about them way too much on here because I usually only write when I'm frustrated (Maybe I need to work on being more positive?). But I really...
    astarael0 astarael0 22-25, F Mar 21

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    Well my friend, Jesus, recently told me that he went a friends party and since his friend was a girl there was obviously going to be other girls there. So anyway, he was the only...
    ChrisGregoriou ChrisGregoriou 13-15, M Mar 22

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    hello! i hope you all are doing fine and i wish you great day! the recent years of my life has however not been so great for me. i guess i should start at the very beginning. ive...
    rassebasse rassebasse 18-21, M Mar 23

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    It's funny how most people hear 'friend zone' and think of guys. I've had mostly male friends for my entire life and I've heard them go on and on about how terrible it is. And...
    reconworm reconworm 18-21, F Mar 23

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