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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Hi, I'm new here, and I'm going to keep my identity secret for now. I feel a little like an outsider, but I think this is a good place to share my story and feelings. So...
    RidiculousFeelings RidiculousFeelings 13-15, F 1 hr ago

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    Dear you, I hope you know I'm sorry. That hurting you was one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made, because I didn't realize how much I had until I lost you and everything fell...
    allidoisread allidoisread 13-15, F 28 mins ago

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    I edited this a little bit, I didn't know if I wanted you guys to know everything that had happened afterwards but I'm not as nervous as I was before. So I'm bi and yes I fell in...
    jacithepanda jacithepanda 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    I haven't spoken to her since last year. I have put previous experiences on about my abusive relationship with an ex-boyfriend. For once, I am thankful for the experience as it...
    Gemz2411 Gemz2411 18-21, F Jul 28

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    I'm a Capricorn. I met my Cancer friend at my church. She gave a talk about a retreat and then after she was at a table for sign-ups and my mom and I went over and she signed me up...
    hazellmo0n hazellmo0n 18-21, F Jul 28

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    Like a diseased tree, I've cut off the final toxic branches of friendship, which has left me feeling a bit desolate and depleted. I am not talking about online friendships. I'm...
    PlasticRobot PlasticRobot 36-40, F Jul 28

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    I was reading a Facebook post from one of my (I guess you can say) friends, and it sounded something like this: "My mom is always the one to spot a fake friend first". Was that for...
    TheAnonymousINFP TheAnonymousINFP 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    I've been friends with a girl for two years now, but I just met her brother a little under a year ago. She and I are going to be sophomores and he's going to be a senior. Since I...
    Shadowkatze Shadowkatze 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    They didn't pass away but we fell out over something I think wasn't worth falling out over. A message I didnt complete because I got distracted whilst texting and never got to...
    Quanitta Quanitta 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 3

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    I've focused a lot on my fetish, but let me add a little depth to my personality. This is about the greatest friendship I ever had and lost. I'm an army brat, so I moved around a...
    Hairaddict67 Hairaddict67 22-25, M Aug 6

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    This is a poem I wrote about my best friend My best friend is so pretty My best friend is so smart My best friend is so wise My best friend is my mom Without my best friend I...
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 8

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    Making and keeping friends.....big problem for me. I have trust issues with people, so imagine how difficult it is to give those a chance that seem like they genuinely want to be...
    GirlWithADangerousMind GirlWithADangerousMind 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 9

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    I think I told this story before, but here I go again... I have lost my faith in so many things. I have lost my faith in myself, in people, in life. When I was a kid, I had a...
    Allaloneandpoisoned Allaloneandpoisoned 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    Especially this day and age!These days people don't have any manners so i find this disrespectful and it shows me what kind of attitude they have so I tend to avoid these people...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    I have been friends with this girl since fifth grade, but we had a falling out in our last year of junior high. She joined with two of my other friends, who all decided that I was...
    ArsenicTea ArsenicTea 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    Hello, I just joined here and this is my first post and I am not sure how all this works. Honestly, I joined here because I need a place I can let my emotions out after losing my...
    lonelyislandgirl lonelyislandgirl 22-25, F Aug 15

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    I recently graduated from high school and am about to go off to college in a couple of weeks. Whilst in high school i had no friends the first year because i was a transfer, so i...
    Oddgirl95 Oddgirl95 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I think internet friends CAN be real friends is probably a better way to characterize my own thoughts on this subject. I think that one's online friendships can be just as...
    NerdyGirl78 NerdyGirl78 36-40, F 17 Responses 5 days ago

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    What Is A Friend? A friend is someone who is always there, through thick and thin; Someone who is only a text away. A friend is someone you can always rely on: Someone who is...
    vonbender2010 vonbender2010 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    When I was younger, I was bullied and made fun of--even by teachers! My mom took me out of school in fourth grade and started to home school me. It was during this year that we...
    HatersGonnaHateMe HatersGonnaHateMe 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    She has been my friend since first grade. We been super close for so many years. I only found out after I had gave up on her and now with my current boyfriend. She told me, I told...
    AirSlice AirSlice 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    July 25 This was a very bad day for me last 2 years ago. The only thing I thought of to get over this day was to celebrate it with friends before this very day secretly. But then...
    nilopie nilopie 26-30, M 3 Responses Jul 25

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    I'm almost 30 years old, so I thought my days of horrible friends and unwanted drama were long gone...I was wrong. I started working with a girl "Meg," last year. We started...
    monkeytine monkeytine 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 25

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    I am a very loyal friend, I will always back up my friends no matter what. I would like to think I share common core values with all my friends. Oh we can have differing views on...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 26

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    My guy and girl best friend started rumors that I was sleeping with my crush, who also had a crush on me. My crush and I had admitted it to one another, but at the time we weren't...
    RaielleMae RaielleMae 13-15, F Jul 27

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    Falling in love with your best friend probably is one of the most wonderful (kilig) or inspiring things that can happen your love life.:) I've experienced it, I realized that I...
    BakerQueen14 BakerQueen14 22-25, F Jul 28

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    I am no longer going to seek or maintain friendships with people who claim they adore you one day and than you never hear from them, unless you message first of course, or they...
    halloweenspice halloweenspice 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    I've had a few close friends in my life. I'm not the greatest person but I'm a really good friend… too good in fact I have an issue when I have a best friend I treat the...
    mattypanthpard mattypanthpard 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I do believe that guys and girls could only be friends. Heck my first friend was a girl. Oven know her since I was 3. She totally ripped my heart out when we started dating after...
    Zalbaar Zalbaar 13-15, M Jul 28

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    I've always been a shy person and so making friend has always been a challenge. Not to say I can't make friends it's just they have to talk to me first before I'll start talking...
    secretlyfelix secretlyfelix 18-21 1 Response Jul 29

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    Me and my best friend have been friends since 2nd grade and now we are entering our first years in high school. Well now, we aren't best friends anymore thanks to a mistake that I...
    basketballislife15 basketballislife15 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I want a friend who is a girl I want a friend who isn't shallow and only cares about looks I want a friend who is open minded and care about "human rights" I want a friend who I...
    joseey joseey 18-21, F Jul 31

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    Me and my boyfriend split up a while ago and I was really finding it hard to be without him cuz we were best friends for 4 years and had been dating for 7 or 8 months and I never...
    Gabriella20xx Gabriella20xx 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    I have a lot of friends that I consider best friends, this friend that I hate is a childhood friend. She's two years older than me. She is a manipulative, rude, mean, self centered...
    heythereandrea heythereandrea 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    I'm thinking about moving to the town of my good life-long friend who is also my crush that rejected me. So, let me explain. There's this guy that I've been good friends with...
    BlueColored BlueColored 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 4

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    She is absolutely the best. The sad thing is she doesnt realize how amazing she is. I tell her from time to time but i think she just thinks of it as like me doing my friend job...
    toastymarshmallow toastymarshmallow 31-35 Aug 6

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    My family and I have been living here for almost 2 years now, and still I have no friends. I don't go out to search for friends, that's for sure. And I'm unable to accept...
    strangerinacrowd strangerinacrowd 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    I ended things. We are now friends only. The events leading up to that were convoluted and confusing as usual. So a few days ago we went over to some friends of ours. Our...
    starflower1 starflower1 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 7

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