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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I thought I had one, but I was wrong. My supposed best friend literally threw me in the trash bin when I told him that his new girlfriend didn't convince me, being too obsessive...
    Viserys91 Viserys91 22-25, M 1 hr ago

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    My head says I should tell him where to go..... he's being unkind and is hurting my feelings. My heart thinks he needs a friend right now and I hate it when my friends are hurting...
    snoopysgirl snoopysgirl 46-50, F 1 hr ago

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    I told one friend, or I guess she found out. I didn't mind to much, she knew pretty much everything about me and I trusted her more then I trust myself.
    Simon2016 Simon2016 16-17, M 4 hrs ago

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    My bestfriend used to be a girl, we used to hang out everyday at school and after school, she was great, she would do everything I did.. N I would play stupid girl games at times...
    Simon2016 Simon2016 16-17, M 6 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    Hi!Im new to this so i want more friends who can advice me..i will be really happy to talk to someone...Im 12 years old...Thank u to u all
    Christopher147 Christopher147 13-15, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    The experience I am having right now is very euphoric. I feel like were friends already, but if we are not, then fix it!
    TEMaltes TEMaltes 18-21, M 5 hrs ago

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    Making friends isn't essential to our life. Our purpose is to live life doing what we love to do. Along the way we meet people, some we connect with, others we don't. When we meet...
    joahola98wj joahola98wj 26-30, F 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I am really like to show offmy wife's naked pics to our friend.and I enjoy, if friends made a dirty comments about my wife....please leave a comments 
    MyWifeULFA MyWifeULFA 36-40, M 7 hrs ago

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    This is exactly how I am, I would like to be completely friendly with everyone but my shyness always holds me back, ...I wish I could just drop the shyness and be friendly...
    Khyruddeen77 Khyruddeen77 16-17, M 9 hrs ago

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    It's sounds rather silly to compare and base my idea of friendship on fictional relationships from books, but for some reason, I found myself wanting a friendship like the ones I...
    breesworld breesworld 16-17, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    I've only had one close friend in my entire adulthood. We are in our mid thirties now and became BFFs at 18. We've been roommates at times and have been through so much together...
    peachygreens peachygreens 31-35, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    This is a letter to my ex... some sort of final release. I never sent it anywhere, obviously. Literature-wise it's quite okay, that's why this letter is ending up here... so. Dear...
    AmethystCluster AmethystCluster 26-30, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    Last night, I watched most of the Superbowl with H and her husband. It's really strange to say that, because he has been my friend since we were kids, and still is one of, if not...
    mickitg mickitg 41-45, T 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I think men and women can just be friends. Absolutely right, when I was in senior high I have more boy friends than girl friends. I was more comfortable being around my boy...
    Selftrue Selftrue 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    All my life I've been friends with girls. My best friend is a girl, we're really different but we get along pretty well. But I miss a guy's company. A few years back I were friends...
    lonelyrider11 lonelyrider11 18-21, M 5 days ago

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    I could say I hate my friends but that would be lying Sometimes I hate how my. Friends or are as a person see you know I did I cook those friends are for stop talking to them...
    MissRBear MissRBear 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    Have friends who agree Have friends who disagree Have friends who love what you do Have friends who hate what you do You are not perfect and these friends are all the same in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 a week ago

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     ... but of course I'd never tell him that. I met Luke junior year of high school. He and my friend Haley went to homecoming together and I was head-over-heels the moment I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses a week ago

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    So one of my close friends is in a relationship for like 8 months now. It was all great until he told me he was feeling less happy lately. He didn't really know why, but the...
    rvz16 rvz16 16-17, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have no girl friends or best friend I can call up anytime and talk to. No one to complain about my husband with, or go shopping for cute clothes with. No one to tell my secrets...
    heypei135 heypei135 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 3

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    I feel like I am the loneliest person in the universe, I have no friends, and the ones that tell me they are, don’t show it through their actions. I’ve never fit in anywhere or...
    RainEmbrace RainEmbrace 31-35, F 11 Responses Feb 1

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    I was betrayed by my best friend. She was my first friend in high school and we were best friends with each other. It has been 5 years since we have known each other. However, we...
    sxyylove sxyylove 16-17, F Feb 1

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    Hi there!! I'm here to share some of my experiences and how I feel as a freshman of Temple University, who try fight through the loneliness in her life here in Pennsylvania, US...
    angelofthelight angelofthelight 18-21, F Jan 31

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    This article is for those who need help avoiding the friendzone, not ones who are already in it. I feel most comfortable writing this in article-form rather than anything else...
    ManfredVonCletensctine ManfredVonCletensctine 18-21, M Jan 31

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    I think I'm losing my Best friend as a Best Friend. I've known my Best friend since the 6th grade. (Now We're both in 10th grade) and we all go to the same school. But, she met...
    Jgummy123 Jgummy123 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 30

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    This is a confession. My best friend was the most courageous person I know. She es very very strong and reminded me of the best of my mother. She was kind and caring, loving and...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks 41-45, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    Yet again. I haven't been on this site in years. When I look back on it my stories were so.... ugh. But here I am again and yet again, I have a thing for one of my best friends...
    mayabutterfly mayabutterfly 16-17, F Jan 28

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    I've been realizing lately that the people who I will call first no matter the situation are my real friends. I've met alot of nice people who I like to talk to & laugh with but...
    HarmonyVents HarmonyVents 31-35, F Jan 28

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    I'm a lucky guy. I have two best friends and both have been for over 20 years. Sometimes I have moments when life gets busy and for a moment.... I sadly forget the tremendous...
    texaspilot texaspilot 46-50, M 18 Responses Jan 28

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    I haven't written a story on here in quite a while. I just felt like sharing this experience, I suppose. I haven't had a true best friend since elementary school. Even in middle...
    OblitusAuri OblitusAuri 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    I need a bestie to shoot the **** with. I'm married and apparently that's a friend repellent sometimes, I had 2 besties in high school who ditched me when I didn't want to be...
    SnowWhite87 SnowWhite87 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 26

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