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Ppul    #16345
new york    ny USA     Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:10:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Rewrote his-story, lets see what happens. A piece called Regenisis.

"then the woman said, 'This is light of my light, spirit of my spirit, this one calls itself man, for out of woman this one was created'." -Regenisis 2.21

"And the God-S blessed them and thought to them, 'Be, truthful & simplify, feel the Earth & sustain it, & have communion...with every living being that lives upon the Earth'."

Sam    #16344
   USA     Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 16:20:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Reacher--Thanks for your post. Here is a comment from Daniel Quinn:

The Zeitgeist view of human (and indeed global) history begins with the appearance of civilization just a few thousand years ago. It has no awareness of the fact that "economy" is not a purely human phenomenon. The living community of this planet is an economy -- a resource-based economy -- that functioned with perfect efficiency for billions of years without the assistance of a single mainframe computer to monitor its activity. During those billions of years it brought into being millions of species, including, just a few million years ago, species of the human kind, who lived within that economy as effortlessly (and thoughtlessly) as butterflies, whales, deer, lions, and eagles.

Zeiitgeist Moving Forward shows how, if we could start over from scratch on a completely pristine, fully functional, and fully resourced planet, with every aspect of our lives controlled by ever-vigilant megacomputers, our billions could be made to function there in a completely sustainable way. Something to keep in mind, maybe, the next time we have a spare planet to experiment on.

Reacher    #16343
Flagstaff    AZ USA     Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 14:55:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I hope new and old ISHMAEL fans are aware of the many new resources that are being contributed and brought to light every year. I highly recommend the 2006 documentary ZEITGEIST and its sequels, all available for free viewing online (and the latest of which was apparently the largest nonprofit movie release in history when it came out in 2011).

I know the the docs fail to appreciate tribalism as the obvious alternative, but creator Peter Joseph reveals the basic mechanisms of civilization and it's dysfunctions with positively Quinnian clarity.


Sam    #16342
   USA     Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 18:51:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Referencing the previous post, Daniel Quinn has this comment: "Putting Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and Daniel Quinn's "Ishmael" together in the same "recommended reading" list is a bit like putting Malcolm X's "The End of White World Supremacy" and Madison Grant's "The Passing of the Great [White] Race" together in the same "recommended reading" list."

Raederle Phoenix    #16341
Buffalo    New York USA     Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:53:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

If you have a little free time for reading each day, I highly recommend reading these five books in this exact order:

1. Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" 2. "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn 3. Joan Liedloff's "The Continuum Concept" 4. Joan Grant's "Eye of Horus" 5. Joan Grant's "Lord of the Horizon"

If you do this, you will unquestionably know the answer to the question "How do I save the world?" and you will only need others who have read these five books to unite with you to do it.

Annette R. Richards, LMSW    #16340
Pontiac    MI USA     Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 18:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I am so moved by these books and curious to look for more ways to live smaller, and to help others become aware of their prison.

Sam    #16339
   USA     Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 12:16:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello Michelle. A note from Daniel Quinn:

"Amazing how often people tell me that they 'stumbled on Ishmael' by accident! Thank you." Daniel

Michelle    #16338
Madison    WI USA     Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 8:40:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello Mr. Quinn,

I just wanted to say that I stumbled across "Ishmael" completely by accident a few years ago. I read it then and have since re-read it several times. Now I recommend it to anyone who will listen. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.

Sam    #16337
   USA     Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:51:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello Kristy. Thanks for your post. This, below, is from Daniel Quinn:

"Stories like yours and your daughter's are always welcome. I've received many, but each one is new, indispensable, and inspiring. Many thanks."

Kristy Curletto    #16336
Troutdale    OR USA     Posted: Monday, October 15, 2012 at 13:29:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Dear Mr. Quinn;

I wanted to drop a word of thanks for the writing of your beloved "Ishmael". My teenage daughter read it in her anthropology class in high school and suggested I read it too (which I just finished!). She fell in love with your book, and with anthropology, and is now in her second year at the University of Oregon majoring in the subject. Thank you for giving her such inspiration to not only find an academic path in life but for giving her the ability to see the world in such an open and positive way. As a result she has been involved in leadership and community service for several years now. Thank you also for bringing my daughter and I closer together as we share our thoughts about "Ishmael". I found out from my daughter that many students in her Reynolds High School anthropology class (as taught by Mr. Mark Sweeting) that the kids like the book so much that they end up not returning it to school. I have since donated a few copies to the classroom : ) Cheers and much peace to you, Mrs. Kristy Curletto

Sam    #16335
   USA     Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:10:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

O, here is a message from Daniel Quinn regarding your post.

"It's always an inspiration to me (and an always-welcome affirmation of my usefulness in the world) to know that a book of mine has done as much as this for you. Thanks for taking the time to let me hear of it." Daniel Quinn

Logan Orton    #16334
Seattle    WA USA     Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:2:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Great resource is slowing down my personal descent into apathy and madness...

I didn't know what the feelings were, but Daniel Quinn put a name to them and a reason for them...



charles button    #16333
Bend    Or USA     Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 11:31:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I am part of creating a no kill shelter for our herd of extremely rare dna tested white buffalo. We currently care for 15 white and 4 brown buffalo. We are allies with the WHITE LION SANTUARY in South Africe, who face a lot of the same issues we face- trophy killings, etc. These animals are the spirit totems of both continents. Our website: I belive in the concepts stated in Ishmael and seek allies in the global community. Charles Button

Richard A. Maldonado    #16332
Stony Point    NY USA     Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 17:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

In a time when reason seems in such scarce supply, when satisfaction with the life one is given seems out of place and perpetual "progress" & technological advancement seem to be the mandate, when vision and understanding seem so myopic , and wisdom is buried by data, it is comfort to the hearts and souls of any of us who are uncomfortable in garments of the modern world and who are uneasy as part of the parade celebrating the next version, model, or innovation, to know that there is not only an author who can artfully communicate our desperate state, but also a community of others who have found each other, and more importantly found a path in which to go forward and try and do something about it all.

Sam    #16331
   USA     Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11:13:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

One of the most common things people have said about their experience with Ishmael is this: "For years, people have been telling me I'm crazy. Thanks, Mr. Quinn, for showing me I'm not!"

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