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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Oh its so awesome. One of my friends wants me to make him into a women for halloween. I cant wait cause i can tell hes gonna make a really hot and sexy girl
    kimmyIsADoll kimmyIsADoll 22-25, T 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    My real life best friend has best friends who are online so since I found out that I've been wanting an online friendship :)
    helloo12121 helloo12121 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    She always makes me feel bad and whenever she is hanging out with my friends she just ignores or hits me or calls me mean names and whenever people do it back she starts crying and...
    monswolf monswolf 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    In real life, maybe 1 or 2. Online, 2 or 3. In person, i feel judged on how i look because many of us "judge a book by its cover" without realizing it. Online, all i have to do...
    MeeeKazz MeeeKazz 16-17, F 6 hrs ago

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    Because I'm not exactly the most outgoing person. Idk I just feel awkward around people but only in certain situations. At my job I'm open and friendly, I talk to anyone. But...
    Overtherainbow66 Overtherainbow66 22-25, F 15 hrs ago

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    I did it! I promised myself that by the end of Summer 2015, Id tell my friend. And last week I told him. A year ago when we became friends, i told him i had a secret, but i couldn...
    TheQuietGuy2001 TheQuietGuy2001 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    I have no friend. No one I would call if i would need to talk, go take a coffee or something like that. OH! I have a great family. I love my wife and my kids are wonderful. I have...
    holosan holosan 36-40, M 3 days ago

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    i have this feeling of just sharing all the pains and problems in my life to someone i know and trust deeply in real life and be happy with it and have a funny but nice tal about...
    dathglas dathglas 13-15, M 4 days ago

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    I just came back from a dinner with my boyfriends family and friends and felt sad coming back. The thoughts I had was I envied my boyfriend for having family stability and wished...
    montgomery1984 montgomery1984 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    My best friend and I have known each other for 10 years. Lol it's going to sound lame but he is also my only friend. My only friend back in Texas. The first thing that entered my...
    Perseph0ne Perseph0ne 26-30, F 5 days ago

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    For those who say "Internet friends are not real," I have another point of view. There's a boy I met on Instagram (we are best friends now) and we just started talking one day. Now...
    songwrxter songwrxter 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    so apperantly my best friend didn't text me or call me for nearly a week.. the last time we spoke "properly" was on friday last week.. a friend of mine came from another city to...
    leyelaxx leyelaxx 16-17, F 5 days ago

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    No pitty party here. Seriously. My ex who became my best friend was thrown from a vehicle a week ago along with another friend whom was in the backseat both died upon impact. My...
    wetClutch750 wetClutch750 26-30, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I have yet to find a friend I can call a Best Friend Forever. I guess at 23 if you don't already have that in your life, you may never find it. I've lost touch with my high school...
    Brokenpanda Brokenpanda 22-25, F 10 Responses a week ago

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    I think my friend (who is currently living with me) is mad at me. Another one of our friends from work asked me today if my housemate has anxiety (which she does) as she's seen her...
    hopelessdreamer83 hopelessdreamer83 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I'm one of these friends that are loyal and I respect a good, equal friendship. I've gone out of my way in the past for my friends, and even though the majority of them left me, I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Aug 25

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    so apperantly my best friend didn't text me or call me for three days now.. the last time we spoke was on friday.. a friend of mine came from another city to visit me but we didn't...
    leyelaxx leyelaxx 16-17, F Aug 24

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    So I just moved out of state this year.. I have people that I talk to at work, but only at work, other then that I really have ZERO friends. All my time is spent alone or with my...
    wantingtobehappy84 wantingtobehappy84 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    I've had quite a few number of friends in my life so far and sadly I am no longer friends with most of them. To the reader reading this that sounds pretty bad, but honestly...
    agathashelly agathashelly 26-30, F Aug 23

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    Since I am a little girl I remember that I had difficulty making friends. When I was growing up I always had just one friend that I would not separate of, but that friendships...
    MRX45 MRX45 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    I lose my best friend yesterday she said she don't want a friend like me. I remember I use to promise her that if we were not friend anymore I would fight to get her back I can do...
    lookket lookket 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    So I had this friend at work. He was the first person I've met who told me of his atheism before I did. He was also pretty liberal and into politics so we had plenty to talk about...
    SolarusXD SolarusXD 22-25, M Aug 21

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    I?ve been under a very large rock or sorts, and my phone has been glitchy. Haven?t been in contact with people for a while and i think i lost my best friend on the way. It?s stupid...
    backgroundguy backgroundguy 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 21

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    It's hard to draw the line with people who are good to have as friends with benefits. I have one good friend which occasionally we fool around. What's great is that we are good...
    stella517 stella517 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 21

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    I'm not even sure if he's my friend or not anymore. My friend ignores me most of the time and rarely comes up to me, three times a week at most. But when he does talk to me, he...
    GhettoMemeing GhettoMemeing 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 20

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    I don't even know if he's still my friend, because he ignores me a lot. Since most girls are attracted to him, he spends time talking to them instead of me. He also spends time...
    GhettoMemeing GhettoMemeing 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    I don't want any friends at all, at least from a conscious theoretical perspective. From an evolutionary perspective, I see friendship as a way to ensure survival by combining...
    Zaxel Zaxel 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 20

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    I wrote few days earlier a farewell post about my dearest friend but today I want to announce I was mistaken. I never lost my dearest friend, I thought he was, I wanted him to be...
    StrongWoman9 StrongWoman9 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    My best friend is getting married this December and she has just gone through the wedding course. I am blessed that I've been with her from the beginning, in fact, I'm the one that...
    teeekilicious18 teeekilicious18 18-21, F Aug 19

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    Usually guys I've been friends with end up wanting a relationship but I know it's possible to be just friends. There was this guy who I met on an online game, and we became good...
    Sooosleeepy Sooosleeepy 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    My "friends" are not that good. After highschool I did 98% of the "keeping in touch" stuff. I don't really have friends, not true friends, the Christmas that followed, I sent out...
    sillykittycat sillykittycat 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Good friends are rare because people often get along until you both or one of you had his mask off and get to face the dark side of that person or each other. The question later...
    StrongWoman9 StrongWoman9 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 17