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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I have several friends with BPD. My one friend I'm getting pretty close to she has distance herself somewhat from me however I talk to her in a language she understands. I do my...
    cutie7710 cutie7710 36-40, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I have the average online friends, of which I talk to almost every day, and then maybe one or two friends in the real world. But even at that, those "real life" friends, I only...
    dollhouseblues dollhouseblues 16-17, F 31 mins ago

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    Lol... Ive known my friend for around 3 years almost 4 and i liked him ever since we've met. However he liked my best friend and i ended up bottling my feelings up and actually...
    appetanc3 appetanc3 13-15, F 10 hrs ago

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    well I'm back , and this time everything is not rainbows and flowers with my relationship . to make this short , my boyfriend thinks that I complain way too much now and that...
    bananasxoxo bananasxoxo 18-21, F 3 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    would love to find new girl friends cuz I have enough boys as friends but not really girls so if u wanne be friends writte me :)
    goven99 goven99 22-25, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    I was at my friend Jacob's house where i was staying the night and we went to get some candy from alfies (the local food store). a little while when we were about 150 meters away...
    Theangelofdeath555 Theangelofdeath555 13-15, M 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    it's been a while since i actually socialize; or consider someone as a friend friend ... at least one of the same zip code. as it stands right now, I have co-workers...
    ambut ambut 31-35, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    My best friend is a girl. Im always there for her and she's always there for me. i couldn't ask for a better friend
    TheWickedJester TheWickedJester 26-30, M 17 hrs ago

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    I'm lonely and betrayed by my best friend and boyfriend. I need some more girl friends to talk to.
    hurtandiapered hurtandiapered 16-17, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    I know... Way too demanding and probably why I am alone, even with my friends... But laugh with me? Trust you have my heart and I am one of the noble, albeit Quixotic few, who won...
    OldNRusty OldNRusty 41-45, M 7 hrs ago

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    my "best friend" for 5 years left me because I was gay. wtf! and apparently he felt uncomfortable being near me all those years. and worst of all he's been telling his friends...
    ilovepie12345 ilovepie12345 13-15, M 4 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I lost 3 friends in the last 2 years. It's been hard, it really has. Especially losing my best friend michael. He was the sweetest, most insightful person i ever knew and he was...
    pixiepiink pixiepiink 16-17, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    It's second semester senior year My best friend just left me without an explanation All my other friends were fake Everyone is social climbing and fighting for popularity And I am...
    Jennuhhxoxo Jennuhhxoxo 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I have online friends and I am thankful for that. But offline I don't have any friends. A part of it is my situation at the moment and the other part is my fear and mental issues.
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I have a lot of friends but there not really friends I can talk to about some stuff that's going on right now :/
    Jennapuff Jennapuff 13-15, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Well.. Offline I don't have any friends unless you count my baby Beau, he's the best. Online I have lots of friends! Lol a lot. And they're all from here :P
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 2 Responses 46 mins ago

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    I do, there are some spectacular people here that I am ever so grateful to call friends. Now in all honesty I ask this question: Can I see you dressed up in lycra and tights...
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F 19 hrs ago

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    I know a lot of people, but no one is actually my friend. Even though people are nice to me, I feel like they don't want me around. I'm always left out and I feel lonely...
    koyamamidori koyamamidori 16-17, F 16 hrs ago

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    pm me! I am here for pretty friend!
    rogi4u rogi4u 36-40, M 16 hrs ago

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    Hey guys, I'm always happy to make new friends. If you wanna talk just add or message. I'm sure we would get on great! Haha
    BrandanDR BrandanDR 16-17, M 16 hrs ago

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    everywhere I go ppl always judge me my family my so called friends I lost my father figure he got shot over 7$ died august 4th the morning after my birthday dont have a boyfriend...
    babydarkangel19 babydarkangel19 18-21, F 2 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    If there's anyone up for a friendly chat, you're very welcome to my inbox. I will listen, I will not judge and not act inappropriately.
    DasGespenst DasGespenst 26-30, M 15 hrs ago

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    Yes, im an introvert. Yes, im shy, yes im antisocial, socially awkward, and everything in between. So I listen in people around me's conversations, and I listen and observe. I...
    SweetcakesJr SweetcakesJr 13-15, F 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    My friend is dating my ex im super hurt
    jon5400 jon5400 18-21, M 13 hrs ago

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    I've got 5 male Doberman Pinschers. 4red, 1black, all from the same litter. they were born here in my guest bathroom. their parents are gone now. I raised their parents from...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 11 hrs ago

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    yes they can be but it also depends on the person. well who wants to be friends and see how it turns out?
    herejustlivinglife herejustlivinglife 22-25, M 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I want a lover who is also my best friend!! Please ? Anyone ? 🙈
    fucklovee fucklovee 18-21, F 7 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    I want a lover, a beloved, a sweet heart. I want a lover who is my best friend, a lover who i can trust, a lover who will always be there through thick and thin. I want a lover who...
    shadow2233 shadow2233 18-21, M 5 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    i want a female friend. text me :)
    Sportyboy12 Sportyboy12 13-15, M 7 hrs ago

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    I wish I didn't have to turn to a blog to voice the thoughts in my head. I wish I had friends that I can just call without worry of judgment... but at least here, I can release...
    ambut ambut 31-35, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    It's true. I've had some great friendships with people I have met online. Then there are the ones that go terribly wrong. I never cared much for people who are just out for...
    wintershawl wintershawl 36-40, F 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    i think there comes a time in our lives, past our twenties at least when we feel we can be a lone island and not need to make new friends... and then a **** storm comes along and...
    ambut ambut 31-35, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I had a friend in high school, I knew she has a crush on me. She watched me change a little to closely, her eyes would linger her hugs lasted a little to long. Whenever she spent...
    LSix LSix 36-40, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Hope I make lots of new friends :)))
    Jennapuff Jennapuff 13-15, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Do we have a chance at friendship bear?
    imbackforfroliendship555 imbackforfroliendship555 51-55, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I love all my ep friends some stand out more than others you know who you are
    1losthope 1losthope 18-21, F 52 mins ago

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