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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Today i lost a close friend over a lie.....
    redphoenix02 redphoenix02 26-30, F 22 mins ago

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    My "friends" (in person) are complete ********. The fact that I text them, and they wait 3 days to answer me and say "oh sorry, I was busy." Really grinds my gears, oh, and the...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses 37 mins ago

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    I have a best friend of the opposite gender. Funny, nice, sincere guy. We've been very close for two years now, and many people see us as inseparable. He is probably the best...
    1whatislife1 1whatislife1 18-21, F 2 Responses 39 mins ago

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    I need friends who understand this. All my friends don't understand why I am with him and why I put myself through all the pain. They try to understand but they don't get it. None...
    Pris1014 Pris1014 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I have some how accomplished to lose every friend I have ever made.. either do to time or being blamed for problems I have never played a part in..
    harrelsong843 harrelsong843 18-21 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I am here foranyone who needs a shoulder to cry on or just as a friend. if you wanna talk PM me
    Aniceguy2talkto Aniceguy2talkto 13-15, M 1 hr ago

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    When you realize your friends aren't ****. I try and be the best friend I could possibly be. I'm always there for everyone else whenever they need whatever time of day or night...
    papayalyn papayalyn 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 hrs ago

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    I've been best friends with my bff for 21 years. He is my soul mate and he is my person. I don't know what I would do without him.
    darktwistedangel1124 darktwistedangel1124 31-35, F 2 hrs ago

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    I really needed a best friend in my life and one will do. Seriously ;(
    yong95 yong95 18-21, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I had about 3 or 4 imaginary friends That I played with outside.there were no kids in my neighborhood to play with ☀️
    martinez93 martinez93 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    I don't do small talk, it's not my thing and it makes me feel slightly awkward. I always take the conversation to the next level if I catch a good vibe from the other person. But...
    flawlxsskay flawlxsskay 18-21, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    EX BOYFRIEND DIED YESTERDAY Yesterday I recieved a call from my little cousin telling me that everyone was reposting my ex boyfriend picture on instagram because he died. My heart...
    QueenTay91 QueenTay91 22-25, F 5 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I lost a friend whom I met here! Life is misery, my friend deleted account! now its tough time to be here....
    madddyk madddyk 26-30, M 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I think I only have friends online which I don't mind they are the realiset people I have in my life. But the ones IRL suck the life out of me. There's one chick who always cancels...
    xcaitlin12 xcaitlin12 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    My name is Zoya, I have always been different than most growing up. Everyone always has that one best friend they grew up with and never part. But not me. You see, I prefer to be...
    Zster3 Zster3 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 hrs ago

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    I used to have two best friends. They were, honestly, the best friends I could ask for. Then a load of rubbish happened. The first best friend, lets call her W, did something that...
    ItsEm99 ItsEm99 16-17, F 6 hrs ago

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    I would be nice to make some friends on here, all the people on here that I know, deleted their account, and I have no one to talk to anymore.
    mr8bitmonster mr8bitmonster 18-21, M 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Finding a friend is like diving for oysters. One encounters a lot of empty shells, until that precious pearl is found.
    Olivia1962 Olivia1962 51-55, F 5 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    So first of all its a girl I met online two years ago. We live almost 2000 kilometers away. We never really thought we would be more than friends. But we have been calling and...
    EternalSolitude EternalSolitude 16-17, M 7 hrs ago

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    True friends are hard to find.😴😴
    kikilicious16 kikilicious16 16-17, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Anyone interested in a best friend? I can keep secrets and give advice :)
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30 22-25, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Hey:) If anyone is looking to make a new friend message me
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 9 hrs ago

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    I actually do believe internet friends are real friends too
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 3 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Since class 5 I've kept losing friends either they've left town or I have and this time the girl who is not only my best friend but was my best friend andore is leaving I thought...
    milind3012 milind3012 18-21, M 10 hrs ago

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    I want to be the friend you fall hopelessly in love with. The one you take into your arms and into your bed and into the private world you keep trapped in your head. I want to be...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    She wasn't just my friend, she was my best friend. We spent an entire summer together. Years and years I never left her side. She got into drugs three years ago and turned into a...
    silence3412 silence3412 16-17, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    Previously, months ago, years ago...we were good friends, me, Julia, Wilson, Marti, Rose...Billy....we had lots of beautiful memories on here, they were truly the sweetest people i...
    EliasMOP EliasMOP 18-21, M 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    Yeah I'm a little quiet and socially awkward at times, but at least I'm not rude or anything like that. Just for some reason, when I meet some new people, we only hang once or...
    Corick Corick 18-21, M 12 hrs ago

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    my friends don't know the movies boyz in the hood, baby boy, or shottaz. or am i crazy
    QueenDDxxx QueenDDxxx 16-17, F 2 Responses 13 hrs ago

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    I'd love to make friends on here, so if you ever wanna talk, message me but don't do one of those 'Hi' only messages because that's really annoying for someone who wants to...
    Ilovefeet2015 Ilovefeet2015 18-21, M 14 hrs ago

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    I became good friends with this guy in EP for like 3 years now.. He has been really nice to me eventhough we came from different culture and the huge age gap. He already left this...
    laurelsky laurelsky 26-30, F 5 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    i want friends !! :) msg me.
    Macyinwonderland Macyinwonderland 22-25, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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