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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I thought that my best friend will be there for me when I her friend is mouthing of at me, but really and truly she isn't. I thought my best friend will back me up when her friend...
    KiaraTequila12 KiaraTequila12 13-15, F 4 hrs ago

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    friend ha? ... I love my friends, we always be together and have fun. I think you can call a person "friend" , when you are happy with him/ her . it doesn't matter , just be happy...
    arashmo1990 arashmo1990 22-25, M 2 hrs ago

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    A lot of people act as if they want to make friends and seem open but really I think people only want a certain type of friend that matches their skin color. I don't have a problem...
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30 22-25, F 7 hrs ago

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    I didn't know in which group should I write so I'll write here . Actually I don't have this kind of friend , but I do have ***ting friend. I asked him before if he's into me or not...
    brojob brojob 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    Any wolf friends out there calling all friendly wolves. *howls for more wolves*
    Wolfy14 Wolfy14 13-15, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    i have rarely gone out in the last few months. tonight i met with my real friends and had a great time. we drank and talked for hours and it made me feel human again , just to get...
    karenmbrown karenmbrown 51-55 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I don't have any close friends anywhere the person i can talk to is only god
    jasonwwijaya jasonwwijaya 16-17, M 5 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Well technically here to make friends not new ones cause I have very few
    1poker 1poker 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    We were 13 when we first met; and although I thought that I didn't love him then, I realize now that all those moments of thinking, "Oh, he'd love this", or times that I saw...
    EmmaWhite101 EmmaWhite101 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    Preferably, I'd like friends from all over the 6 continents. I'm from Antarctica by the way. Hahaha.
    TheMisanthropeOtaku TheMisanthropeOtaku 18-21, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Are there gay friends out there🙊🙈👀👅
    detrius150 detrius150 13-15, M 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    I love meeting new people and making new friends from all around the world. I'm from Australia
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 2 hrs ago

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    I don't have a lot of free time, so I often miss my friends; however, it's very rewarding when I finally do see them!
    Leofflaed Leofflaed 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    Is it really hard to make new friends ...???
    rickyrocks16 rickyrocks16 18-21, M 1 hr ago

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    honestly it's my friends who I care about the most, to me, they are my family and I'd do anything for them, I just hope they know how much I care :3
    surgewaffle surgewaffle 13-15, M 1 Response 43 mins ago

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    I want a friend. I want a friend who is a friend I want a friend who I can talk to. I want a friend who actually wants to get to know me I want a friend who listens I want a...
    ThatOneBlackGurrl ThatOneBlackGurrl 13-15, F Jan 6

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    He and I have been best friends since the first grade, but back then we had crushes on each other and no one really seemed to forget it. In the third grade I moved and I didn't see...
    lisa365 lisa365 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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    True Friendship comes when you least expect it. Being a friend doesn't guarantee anything other than self-respect. I believe that people are hung up with the notion that people...
    CaptainRoberts CaptainRoberts 51-55, M Dec 27, 2014

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    I have been with my boyfriend for almost 6 years now and I do love him I really really do but I am so confused. my boyfriend and I have been through hell and back mostly because of...
    purplegirl1991 purplegirl1991 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I'm a 16 year old girl and I have quite a long experience to tell. See, I have a whole world of imaginary friends-even best friends- and yes, some imaginary enemies, too. (Hey...
    ImaginaryBFF ImaginaryBFF 16-17, F Dec 28, 2014

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    Pretty much always have been, and it's only gotten stronger as I've gotten older and the friendships became deeper and more meaningful. I only have/want 1 or 2 friends at a time...
    skyhook2612 skyhook2612 18-21, F Jan 8

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    I hate those friends who only invite you to events that involve you giving money or a gift to them of some sort. Like, seriously. I know someone from an old job, who was always...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    I've lost quite a few close friends.. I had a girl that I first met in sixth grade. At first, her and I were enemies. We would argue, and we thought that she lied, but I decided to...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I haven't had a girl best friend since I lost my 5 best friends gradually throughout middle school and high school. I lost the last one towards the end of 10th grade. I haven't had...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    I don't know why but it is so hard to find true female friends. I'd love to have BFFs (like in that movie, Bridesmaids) or someone I can confide in. The female friends I have - I...
    amc888 amc888 22-25, F a week ago

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    In my case, it's not really a 'new' person. I've known this girl since primary school and for some reason I've never been able to establish, she's always disliked me. I've a very...
    AliasTaylor AliasTaylor 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    From the first day of school to January (now) I tried to befriend a girl who I was seemingly drawn to. She seemed intriguing, someone worth getting to know. It was the first time I...
    DarkOnTheInside13 DarkOnTheInside13 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    I don't hate his best friend. I am actually good friends with his best friend. He's the only friend that I don't mind at all. It's his other 5 friends that irritate me. I act like...
    BananaSmoothiee BananaSmoothiee 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    I have TWO childhood friends and they have been my BEST FRIENDS all my life! The first is Chris (Christopher) who has been my best friend from the moment we were born. He was born...
    ChildOfHarmony ChildOfHarmony 16-17, F Dec 26, 2014

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    Where would I be without my best friend? We met freshman year of high school and lets just say, I didn't like her very much. I thought she was annoying and always gave her a quiet...
    anonamanda001 anonamanda001 16-17, F Dec 26, 2014

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    I have been and always will be a loyal friend.Whether in the real world or the net world I'm a decent normal man.I honestly like to get too know people and enjoy listening and...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M Dec 28, 2014

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    I haven't been on this site in over 6 years and I'm back because my confidence and self worth are faltering and I can't control my thoughts. I'm 29 years old and I don't know what...
    andyx181x andyx181x 26-30, M Dec 28, 2014

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    I have a clique, filled with 6 besties I had acknowledged. Right now, all of them are gone. Although we still keep in touch, but the bond and friendship that we had had been...
    Dlyz Dlyz 16-17, F Dec 29, 2014

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    WARNING: The following "story" is simply a rant about how flakey my current "friend," *Lexi is. *Names have been changed to avoid any potential issues. Lexi has always been an...
    SouthernBelle01 SouthernBelle01 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    I met my now best friend when I was in preschool. But at that time, we HATED each other because we had a mutual friend who we fought over (the mutual friend was also a boy so my...
    awesomefallenangel13 awesomefallenangel13 13-15, F Dec 30, 2014

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    Everything started when I was in eighth grade, in gym class. There were three girls who thought that every guy in the class was supposed to crawl to them, only to get their hearts...
    gay4ever gay4ever 16-17, M Dec 31, 2014

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