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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Some years ago I didnt have no one. Had a bad first highschool year, because most people were completely f*cked up. Being a teenager is not easy as you know. This is the time of...
    HotPancakes96 HotPancakes96 18-21, F 3 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Honestly I have lost my best friend. She's disrespectful... She tries to make me jealous my calling other people her best friend that she hates. I mean if I really was her best...
    Madimac Madimac 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Hi Everyone, One of my reasons to join Experience Project, besides reading and learning from worldwide experiences from the users, was to make friends. I find really difficult to...
    Hernando1987 Hernando1987 26-30, M 6 hrs ago

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    I am in need of true friends. Have a great deal to contend with, but so much to offer. I will answer anything I am asked & want to have that honesty back in a friendship. I am not...
    Littlepigisabitlow Littlepigisabitlow 31-35, F 2 hrs ago

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    I've had guy friends in the past to now, some whom I'm still friends with till this day. And I've dealt with guys who treated me as though I was their girlfriend and that was so...
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 18-21, F 15 hrs ago

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    I want to have a friend whom I can talk to. And I can be your friend who is willing to listen 24/7. Just add me if you like.
    Vasha1986 Vasha1986 26-30, F 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    While I was in Suriname I was staying with an EP friend, it was awesome. I really enjoyed my time with him and his family and we have now become the best of friends. I was able to...
    Thrash1 Thrash1 61-65, M 14 hrs ago

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    Hello. I want a friend that I can talk to about anything from sports to weather. I feel like I'm in a position where I can't share something's with my very few friends and...
    marzgg marzgg 22-25, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    i was on e p many years ago and just returned.i see e p it more of a toilet bowl than before.this is sad looks like a perv sight with rude ignoraant people seeing who can out perv...
    wordgirly wordgirly 22-25, F 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I'm looking for friends for clean chat. Add me to your circles and message me if you want to be friends.
    rick357 rick357 18-21, M 8 hrs ago

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    I'm looking for friends for clean chat. Add me to your circles and message me if you want to be friends.
    rick357 rick357 18-21, M 8 hrs ago

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    I'm looking for friends for clean chat. Add me to your circles and message me if you want to be friends.
    rick357 rick357 18-21, M 8 hrs ago

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    I am a lesbian seeking a lesbian fem friend. I am a fem myself I am 23, independent, no kids, non smoker, goofy, open minded, compassionate and talented. I also love God a lot, I...
    tflo012192 tflo012192 22-25, F 8 hrs ago

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    I'm a good friend, but I don't have many. I need good friends.
    dusk1234546 dusk1234546 16-17, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I see so many people joined this group, but I wonder how many of those can really find a friend on here that they can talk to... it is hard, isn't it? I also wonder if anybody will...
    ayako18 ayako18 31-35, F 5 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I'm losing my best friend to the attention of someone else. It honestly used to be me and her against the whole world now its just me alone while she gets other friends and does...
    lonelydancergirl lonelydancergirl 22-25, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    As the title says, I have no idea how the friends system here works :P what does add to circle do? how do you go from circle to friends? I wiish I could find an explanation :/
    Stevefuller Stevefuller 22-25, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    or 0 stories or 0 pics or 0 friends I like to see a good amount of experiences, stories and pics so I know you're not just a fat ugly weirdo creeper that never shares anything but...
    MacksInner MacksInner 31-35, M 1 hr ago

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    Today one my very good friends birthday. Can't be there for him, since he is at another side of the planet..So I just hope the postcard arrived on time and play his favorite song...
    Ninive Ninive 26-30, F 16 hrs ago

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    Its while in period of exam you will get to know your real and true friends. The one who is with you, working out, sorting out your problems, is always present when there is group...
    Elaina12 Elaina12 18-21, F 14 hrs ago

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    hello I'd like to make some new friends who like anime and vns :)
    kryxt kryxt 18-21, M 4 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I try and help out any friend of mind as best I can because you never know when you just might need them to do the same for you.
    Universallytiny Universallytiny 18-21, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    Not even for sexual reasons. Sometimes I just forget that my friends have breasts and/or sexual organs. I wouldn't care if they saw me lol
    UnbalancedHero UnbalancedHero 16-17, M 10 hrs ago

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    I lost my best Friend because I was to careless to know something is wrong, now that he gone I miss him so much.
    Owlslovetea Owlslovetea 18-21, M 9 hrs ago

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    "A true friend is supportive, even when they disagree with your decisions."
    PsychGirl94 PsychGirl94 18-21, F 4 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Yeah, I want a friend that I can talk to about anything. so feel free to talk to me :-) (no creeps lol)
    TikaTikaTika TikaTikaTika 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    True friendships grow over time though. It takes time to build trust. Dont give your heart away recklessly
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    Friendship is so weird.. you just pick a human you've met and you’re like “yep I like this one” and you just do stuff with them
    cat20079 cat20079 36-40, M 4 hrs ago

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    Friendship is so weird... you just pick a human you've met and you're like "yep I like this one" and you just do stuff with them.
    cat20079 cat20079 36-40, M 4 hrs ago

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    I feel like I don't have anyone to actually talk to. I talk to my mama of course which is the best but when she's busy I'm alone. I need a long term friend who's like always...
    Mamasbabycub Mamasbabycub 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I have made a new friend. A woman that I really like and find attractive. We really click. She has been on a trip but we are going to see each other this weekend. There will be...
    AbbottLewis AbbottLewis 46-50, M 2 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    Honestly, I am not a true believer that friends are important, seeing as all mine seem to be absolute *******. But I just wish I had someone I could tell everything. Especially now...
    kyrawtf kyrawtf 18-21, F 2 hrs ago

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