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I Am a Friend of Ishmael

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    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 22-25 6 Responses Jan 31, 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 41-45, M Aug 20, 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 16-17 1 Response Sep 5, 2011

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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 22-25 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 22-25 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 26-30 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 22-25, M Feb 2, 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 22-25, M 2 Responses 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 31-35, 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 36-40 14 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    I used to be really friendly and could get along with anyone. And I really mean everyone, from the cool kids to the nerds to the outcasts. Nearly everyone in my batch I could greet...
    RojakBlood RojakBlood 18-21, F 16 hrs ago

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    I have been reading about others making good friends on here and it makes me want to also, any one wanna be friends with me?I have been reading about others making good friends on...
    james00012 james00012 31-35, M 4 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    My best friend was my highschool sweetheart whom after years apart I reunited with in 2007 ..he was so good to me.He loved me for me and stood up for me always even if I was wrong...
    tennmelann tennmelann 46-50, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    You've got a friend in me...A true friend checks on you everyday even though he is busy with his lfe. He drops a note here and there letting you know how his day has been but most...
    Mendmyheart Mendmyheart 46-50, F 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    There are so many stories on here about people finding good friends, I want that too! I want a reason to log into this site everyday. Anyone want to be my friend? :)
    DreamingOfWonderland DreamingOfWonderland 18-21, F 14 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    i am a straight guy who loves dressing up as a girl in secret. would love to meet more new crossdress friends or female friends that love guys who crossdress
    girlyboyandrea1987 girlyboyandrea1987 26-30, M 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    i am a straight guy who loves dressing up as a girl in secret. would love to meet more new crossdress friends or female friends that love guys who crossdress
    girlyboyandrea1987 girlyboyandrea1987 26-30, M 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    today my best friend Bret had a seizure I never saw him have one. I known him for 8 years. after all I saw today made me feel very sad. I can't get that image...
    EminencGal EminencGal 26-30, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I've been on ep for a while now, and I've met very few people that have held my attention. I've also had people stop talking to me randomly and basically disappearing. I'm looking...
    bemyforeverlove97 bemyforeverlove97 16-17, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    Honestly that's why I came to this website. I really want to make some friends here. I'm not a very likable person though, I have very few friends where I am and they aren't the...
    XxDOZxX XxDOZxX 13-15, M 4 hrs ago

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    I've been thrown to the side and constantly treated horribly by my supposed "closed friends". I haven't had a close best friend since the 1st grade. But she moved and contact has...
    mikkkkiii mikkkkiii 16-17, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    Putin killed my friend!! We are all Nemtsov!! je suis Boris!!! We should say no to war! We should say enough idiocy! We should say Russia and Ukraine without Putin! Russia and...
    Amago Amago 13-15, M 3 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    You dont have to be gay to add me - I will accept all friends. But I am gay so if it makes you comfortable - go ahead.
    Brian1953 Brian1953 61-65, M 1 Response 19 hrs ago

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    I'm visiting in Florida for the next month and would love to meet some EP friends while here. Female or male.
    66nutman99 66nutman99 61-65, M 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    Sometimes in life, you find a special friend; Someone who changes your life just being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can't stop; someone who makes you believe...
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 12 hrs ago

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    My friend asked me "where do you find these people?????? But I enjoy people that are different , it's the variety, the different ideas and perspective.
    urdivergent urdivergent 18-21, M 3 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    He is like a Brother to me more than my actual brother to me. We have been friends are entire lives.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 16-17 10 hrs ago

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    I really need gay friends, my life is empty and dark without them. Is there any gays who would befriend me?
    mystiqueenigma mystiqueenigma 41-45, F 10 hrs ago

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    Who wants to be friends? Tell me your story and let us chat
    hrl0 hrl0 22-25, F 8 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    i am not confident about myself.i alway see people superior than me.and trying so hard to make friends with everyone.for just to look funny and cute,i do the most emberassing...
    daisydestiny daisydestiny 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    i'm looking for new friends to chat with so please feel free to add me.
    girlyboyandrea1987 girlyboyandrea1987 26-30, M 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    i'm looking for new friends to chat with so please feel free to add me.
    girlyboyandrea1987 girlyboyandrea1987 26-30, M 9 hrs ago

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    I honestly just need more guy friends to talk to.
    artisticaltay artisticaltay 16-17, F 5 hrs ago

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    My So called friend boyfriend just told me that she's jealous of me today. :( she doesn't call me anymore, doesn't invite me over, I never overstepped my boundaries with him.
    SADIEHart SADIEHart 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    so i procastinate a lot and its my friends birthday tonight and i need some gift ideas shes turning fourteen and is all into harry potter and a bunch of dorky stuff (not that...
    GirlInABottle GirlInABottle 13-15, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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    This is a friend of mine Who let my husband take this picture
    NudeSoutherngirl NudeSoutherngirl 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I was wondering if anyone here could help me. My best friend is going back to her home country for 3 weeks , she really hates it there and what's more she won't have any Internet...
    Life8227 Life8227 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I am very loyal to my friends .. BUT of course most of the time people aren't loyal back Life.
    yngwildfree yngwildfree 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    Everyday I wake up to an empty house. My parents are at work and my brother is at school. I wish I could call somebody to talk to but I know that no one will pick up. I go to...
    Brimwalker Brimwalker 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 hr ago

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    A message for MY CIRCLE.. My best friend of 15 years has joined EP today..:) We are sitting together now having a drink and giggling like idiots...lol She is a wonderful woman...
    SweetEmotions SweetEmotions 36-40, F 2 Responses 47 mins ago

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    A Menagerie of AcquaintancesI have met so many people online over the years. I remember the first site I used to chat was IRC circa 1994. It was awesome to think that you could log...
    SwanSongRebeL SwanSongRebeL 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 7

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    Quite recently my best friend of 11 years betrayed me and now I am finding it very hard to move on and forget about her. My ex boyfriend and I were together for 5 years and it was...
    bexx5 bexx5 22-25 2 Responses Feb 11

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    What are "good" friends these days? I'm finding out that no one really has that answer, nor are people "good" friends with people now for more than 10 years or shorter than....even...
    Msprissy Msprissy 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 12