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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    I've known my best friend, I guess I could call her Amber, from ever since kindergarten. She has been more than a best friend to me always, we've been like soul mates: I know...
    sunflowerheaven sunflowerheaven 16-17, F 3 hrs ago

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    The other day in spanish I just suddenly started crying. It was when everyone had left and I was the only one left in the classroom. My teacher got me to sit down and talk to her...
    hermione118 hermione118 13-15, F 8 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I recently detached myself from Facebook, that was the main way I found myself keeping up with my local friends... Which I found to be unhealthy because when we were around one...
    Mistakemaker80 Mistakemaker80 31-35, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    When I was younger, I was terrible. I was rude, stuck up, flirted, bullied, and dressed like a 8 year old ********. But I've changed ever since my Dad almost died... It was rough...
    Cheesepls Cheesepls 13-15 1 hr ago

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    I met several people over internet and made some real good friend. The fantastic thing about internet is that it allows you to be as open as you like. And if you have people...
    maskedmagic maskedmagic 31-35, M 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    My best friends are my second-half, they're the only people that I act 100% myself around. We don't judge each other, we laugh at our imperfections. It's nice to have friends who...
    channy205 channy205 16-17, F 13 hrs ago

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    We haven't been on this site in a while, and will probably be using it differently in the future. Thing is, upon logginh in we have ninety-something friends on our friends list...
    happycouple318 happycouple318 31-35 11 hrs ago

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    I enjoy making friends and chatting about anything. To me your closest friend are those that you can talk about anything to, and have no sexual interest in, except my wife.
    nwmedic75 nwmedic75 36-40, M 7 hrs ago

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    Me and my friends do really dumb dangerous stuff together at school. One of my friends and I play stupid games we make one of them is cutcut basically we got given a piece of metal...
    Chemly Chemly 13-15, M 5 hrs ago

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    She's obnoxious. I hate her so much O.O She is ignorant. She is arrogant. She is suppose to be in college, but she's not; she works at freakin Adidas. She is also straight up rude...
    SeitheSaiyan SeitheSaiyan 16-17, F 5 hrs ago

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    I know I haven't written something here in a long while but since my last experience I have left and gone to college and life has never been better being away from those people...
    theninjaduck theninjaduck 16-17, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    Looking for cool ppl in the world to chat with at this hour... Most my EP friends are sleeping or working right now... But it's a good time of day for me to chat, how about you?
    Elayla Elayla 31-35, F 11 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    Good way to make it sure > friendzone. Mean but works lol.
    dropdeadwilma dropdeadwilma 16-17, F 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    Looking for friends in England Uk
    nazorin1 nazorin1 18-21, F 4 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    I have often described myself as a friendly misanthrope. I am also introverted to the extreme. I do well in small groups and poorly in crowds. I think my misanthropic and...
    shygrant shygrant 31-35, M 11 hrs ago

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    I'd like to get to know you a little better =) I know I've met some great people on EP and I would like to meet/make new friends.
    KristianNathan KristianNathan 26-30, M 10 hrs ago

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    Looking for friends from switzerland :) <3
    rachel2604 rachel2604 18-21, F 5 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    i really want to make new friends :(
    darkenss darkenss 18-21, F 7 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    i love making new friends. anyone want to chat then feel free to add me and send a message.
    girlyAndrea1987 girlyAndrea1987 26-30, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    Having imaginary friends is great for kids, teens and adults of all ages. It helps you get and guide you through life when you are lonely. It surely helped me.
    inspirelove inspirelove 26-30, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I'm Generous, but You Aren't . . I won't abandon a friend when times get tough, but they will do the opposite when it comes to you . . Yeah, **** you. ;x
    Samaccino Samaccino 16-17, F 2 hrs ago

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    Another day gone, another day I did nothing with myself. I lay here wasting away my life and I'm bringing everyone down with me. I hate feeling the way I do. It's so controlling...
    Supershoes24 Supershoes24 22-25, M 40 mins ago

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    It's been a long time since my best friend and I had ended our friendship. She was the most caring person that I know and the most crazy of all. Everyday we chat, talk to each...
    Guin2ne1 Guin2ne1 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    I've lived by this my whole live (close friends over many acquaintances), but I'm starting to wonder if I'd be happier with many fake friends? I mean, don't they seem happier? I've...
    Tory102 Tory102 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    My name is Gabriel. I shall start from my first friend. His name was Alex. Unlike the other kids in kinder he didn't judge me based on how I dressed or even on how I refused to let...
    GARLITH GARLITH 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 4

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    Definition of a best friend; The person you can't be mad at for even an hour because you have something important to tell them... Well if that important thing you need to tell her...
    vpeigextori vpeigextori 16-17, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I am in love with my best friend - it all started in junior year when I met my best friend, I met her thanks to her sister that I had met the previous year, my best friend's sister...
    Silverfang40 Silverfang40 18-21, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    'Listen' If a friend tells you their problem and you tell them don't feel bad or you just try to cheer him up it's like you're saying their feelings are wrong & to turn them...
    sum1ab sum1ab 46-50, F 1 day ago

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    What Is A Friend? A friend is someone who is always there, through thick and thin; Someone who is only a text away. A friend is someone you can always rely on: Someone who is...
    vonbender2010 vonbender2010 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    When I was younger, I was bullied and made fun of--even by teachers! My mom took me out of school in fourth grade and started to home school me. It was during this year that we...
    HatersGonnaHateMe HatersGonnaHateMe 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    She has been my friend since first grade. We been super close for so many years. I only found out after I had gave up on her and now with my current boyfriend. She told me, I told...
    AirSlice AirSlice 18-21, F Aug 21

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    When I was 8 in grade to I met a girl who was very annoying. Then one day she called me over for a play date (I regret asking her to be best friends) so I asked to be best friends...
    catlover031 catlover031 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    Friends for Life Hi everyone, I'm Spencer! Some people are able to keep the same friends for several decades while some just move on every couple years. I'm both ways. A...
    spencerhaber spencerhaber 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 23

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    So here's the deal. I've had guy friends only since as long as I can remember. Guy friends are easy... Making friendships with females has been difficult for me, but I don't know...
    Solfeggio Solfeggio 36-40, F 6 Responses Aug 24

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    There were some people I met in my life that if I knew now, I'd love to be around. I'm a different person. I want to engage. I wish I had maintained relationships with certain...
    shameinnoshame shameinnoshame 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Disposable It's funny how you can mean the world to someone one minute and be nothing to them the next. Online friendships are new to me. I never did the chat room thing, and my...
    livelaughlovedream3 livelaughlovedream3 41-45, F 13 Responses Aug 27

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    Her cousin, after 3 years of battling leukemia, died the other day. Today was her wake, and I went to support my friend, because I knew that she and her cousin were close, and I...
    quietorloud quietorloud 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 28

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    I can't really say I'm in the friendzone with anybody at the moment. I think the whole notion of "friendzone" needs to be defined clearly. A lot of people seem to think that you...
    Tarik19 Tarik19 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 29

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