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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I miss my best friend who hasn't lived in the same country for me in about ten years. I miss my ex, I wish I never dated him as friendship post break up is not possiple and he's...
    Oceaneater Oceaneater 26-30, F 3 hrs ago

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    i'm socially awkward, i cant make new friends
    charithaamc charithaamc 26-30, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    A friend is someone who knows all about you but likes you anyway.
    TCL009 TCL009 41-45, F 5 hrs ago

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    I wanna have more native friends and speakings on viber or whatsapp ,anyfriend here to give me their viber/whatsapp phone number plz???? response me plz
    sexyboobs234 sexyboobs234 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I'm 13 and I love sports especially hockey. I'm hoping to find a friend around my age to talk to. I'm also a fangirl but my life always seems to go down hill when things start to...
    Rykat13 Rykat13 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    I want a lesbian friend cus I've never ever had one before. Plus, they all seem nice and pretty straight forward about how they feel towards people.
    famile famile 16-17, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Hi I would like to have a friend with benefits I run my own business I am very easy going I live and work all a round London UK so any where close to London is fine I am very easy...
    007carpetman 007carpetman 51-55, M 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I really can't believe that I have to resort to this, but I'm going to give it a try. I'm 28, grew up in St. Louis, got a great education, was active in sports (still love to play...
    waitingforready waitingforready 26-30, F 2 Responses May 4

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    Hi I go by Fruitypunch on here.I would like to share a personal experience and somethings that seem to keep happening to me.Lately I have been trying to cope.The real reason I am...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 2 Responses May 7

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    My life isn't perfect. It's full of more bumps, than smooth roads. Never once did I ever think about giving up. Never once did I ever feel the need for a petty party. I continued...
    EyeDontGiveAHoot EyeDontGiveAHoot 36-40, F 4 Responses May 15

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    I miss my friend. My friend has a great sense of humor. My friend has a big heart. My friend has been through a lot. My friend is VERY talented. My friend is an artist. My friend...
    Gentletickler Gentletickler 46-50, M 1 Response May 21

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    I was friends with this girl…let’s call her N…for about a year, not a long time I know, but I thought we were really good friends and got along well. Obviously, I was wrong...
    chibikari chibikari 26-30, F May 22

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    i have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no friendsi have no...
    malnei0 malnei0 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Life is a long journey. It is impossible to predict the future. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing and nobody is perfect. Everything falls apart in the end anyway. Even if friendships...
    MiladyWinter MiladyWinter 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I have a special friend that is very, VERY SPECIAL! My friend has overcome and persevered through VERY difficult circumstances! My friend has the heart of a lion and the spirit of...
    Gentletickler Gentletickler 46-50, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I've lost about 25+ people who I became friends with over the Internet within the time span of 3 years. Some friends I was closer with then others. Some friends I was friends with...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 6 Responses May 2

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    I'm not friends with many girls because they all feel sorry for themselves, because of things THEY caused themselves. And most of them are compulsive liars who actually believe...
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 1 Response May 4

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    So I am trying to figure out why I literally have three friends. Here is my story,I am a amateur jujitsu / muay thai practice and I like to work out daily work a full time job. I...
    xskug xskug 26-30, M 1 Response May 4

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    Okay. Let's talk about my previous best friend. I met her when we're are thirteen and we hit off really well and that's how we become best friend. I really do care about her, and...
    Anneharuko Anneharuko 18-21, F May 5

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    One thing that I really have wanted in life is a best friend. When I was little I had a girl that I was really close with, we were best friends I told her everything then as we got...
    Babygirl3799 Babygirl3799 16-17, F May 10

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    I use too have good friends that I can recall good friends. But they all forgot about how good of a friend I was and hang out with other people. Now it just annoys me when I hear...
    AwesomeGuyy22 AwesomeGuyy22 22-25, M 3 Responses May 12

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    Not too long ago I had been friends with a group of girls. Before i had became friends with all of them i had a best friend since middle school. I noticed that once i got into a...
    dfe213 dfe213 18-21, F May 13

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    I really miss my best friend. We had this stupid fight because she is always chosing to hang out with this girl who hates me over me, I think it is because we both go to a...
    Staziaa Staziaa 16-17, F 1 Response May 14

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    I am a 19-years-old mexican guy. I have a friend that I met doing my military service. We are both handsome dudes and he is one of the few male friends I still have. I've been...
    Shouldntbecrushed Shouldntbecrushed 18-21, M 1 Response May 17

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    Sometimes they say friends stick to the end - true friends- but there are those got the title "friend" , but only was really an acquaintance. A true friend wont look down on you...
    Stephenrko Stephenrko 31-35, M May 17

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    I'm not gonna say that I am mad.. because as you already know i don't get mad but what I am is disappointed... Disappointed that you didn't fight your feelings and I can't believe...
    DaOneandOnlyOne DaOneandOnlyOne 18-21, F 2 Responses May 17

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    So I met this guy when we were 18. I kinda liked him, but I was on the fence about it, and in my snobby 18 year old wisdom, decided he wasn't worth another thought when he ditched...
    Supersyncsteph Supersyncsteph 31-35, F 1 Response May 19

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    just graduated from polytechnic. thinking back somehow or rather I made the right choice.Went into secondary school awkward and shy.tried to make friends.got bullied instead...
    late0 late0 18-21, M 1 Response May 22

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    I think back to friends I had in high school and before that even, and after we graduated we drifted apart but stayed Facebook friends. I used to care that we weren't close anymore...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 22-25, F May 23

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    It's funny how you have to stand in the dark to see who's really with you... (Caution: This is a rant and rather a long one) So in my opinions graduation one of the greatest...
    alxvii alxvii 18-21, F 2 Responses May 24

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    Ok so ever since me and my ex best friend haven't been friends anymore (about 3 months?)) I've had about 3 dreams (that I can remember) about her. We've been best friends since 7th...
    Astraeah Astraeah 16-17, F a week ago

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    this is a long story and i need to get it out. It you don't have patience don't read it... Me and Jo had been friends forever. we met in 9th grade and became friends. He...
    Rose11231 Rose11231 18-21, F a week ago

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