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simor    #16193
minneapolis    mn USA     Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 at 9:18:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

"if they give you lined paper, write sideways" is almost a more important book than "ishmael". i was able to answer some large questions about quinn's philosophy just by thinking through them.

Nicole    #16192
Ponce Inlet    USA     Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12:1:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I read "Ishmael" and "My Ishmael" as part of my Environmental Science classes at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida, and they have completely inspired me to change my lifestyle for the better and to help others see the things that must be changed as well. I now have an earnest desire to save the world. Thank you.

Alex    #16191
Sydney    NSW Australia     Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 3:57:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I'm so thankful I stumbled across Ishmael. It completely changed my perspective on the duty we humans have as care takers of this beautiful planet. I'm not sure if our race as a whole has the ability to deny ourselves advancement for the sake of other species, but I will endeavour do what I can in my own life to spread the message of Ishmael through both word and deed.

Mrs Thomas    #16190
Koah    Qld Australia     Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 5:2:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

WOW what kismet! I discovered 'Ishmael' had snuck into my library bag even though I didn't borrow it. I feel so lucky. I am returning it for others and recommending it to all I meet as a MUST READ! While I don't necessarily agree with the entire idea of evolution in a timeline, or even some of Daniel Quinns historical/bible accuracies (I must think on these some more yet), I completely believe that humans have a very mistaken belief of absolute dominance. We are caretakers/gardeners of the planet, not it's owner/keepers. We are supposed to love and hold and simply be. I know that in time, if we still have time, we will realise that this is what truly makes us happy.

derek lewis    #16189
manitowish waters    wi USA     Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 12:51:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

ive just read some guestbook entries. My name is derek lewis. i would like anyone interested in a joint effort to spread this vital information to more minds to contact me. open to anything. i'm glad to see we're not alone.

derek lewis    #16188
manitowish waters    wi USA     Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 12:40:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

ive always felt there was something wrong with all this useless crap we're surrounded by, im glad to see im not alone. thank u Mr. Quinn

Brick    #16187
Southington    Connecticut USA     Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:5:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I believe the meaning of life is in the hands of that who is searching.

I also believe that I have not found my meaning yet.

I was struggling with an emptiness, and a feeling that the system we have today is broken somehow.

These philosophies have opened my eyes and mind to the reality I am not alone.

And that "broken" might not be the appropriate term.

I am an agent for change. That is my meaning. Thank you for the break. After being lost for a while, my journey is about to continue.

el gorrdo    #16186
   USA     Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 14:31:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Having followed both Ishmael's and not having read the third, I wish to espouse the incredible opening of the mind both novels have given me. It seems to me that a return to any system has to be followed by rules , after all how much can we really expect to change , none. I don't want to change anybody or anything. Keep alll your holy books just follow these three rules 1) No usury. Let's put the Capital in Capatalism. 2) I never question why Ishmael is a Gorrilla that's why a seriious discussion of Waste management is never mentioned it is the Elephant in any society even Animistic, for us to evolve as a species we have to understand waste management, I'm not talking recycling. "With man gone will there be hope for gorilla". And this isn't even the deal breaker 3) nobody can tell you what to do with your body. It's the only "thing" G*D gave you


Guionardo Furlan    #16183
Blumenau    SC Brasil     Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 8:54:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Great ideas can not be stored in the drawer. I want to help spread this knowledge to my neighborhood, my city, my state and my country.

Earth Advocate JJ3,    #16182
Yulee    FL USA     Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 at 17:46:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello all, I have been inspired by Daniel Quinn's writings. As such I have made several videos of myself reciting all original environmentally charged spoken word. I think that if you like Mr. Quinn's writings you will enjoy what I have to say. As he says, I am B.

A madman's fantasy and The Lorax Whispers you will Love

Here is the beginning to The Lorax Whispers.

I speak for the trees, simply because we cannot speak, but I'm not nearly as humble and most would not consider me meek, and the future for us is looking kind of bleak, the question we are asking, what is it that you seek?

Do you seek the asylum of sunrise's sanity, or perhaps the demise of mankind's vanity?

Check it out the rest is even better, I promise.

Here is the beginning to A Madman's Fantasy.

It's getting kind of hot in here, could be lack of atmosphere, could it be our greatest fears are somewhat self induced? Glancing round this globe I see, Earthquakes, floods and tsunamis, just a madman's fantasy to set a dying planet free.

If the link doesn't work above, please just go to youtube and search for jenklefritz.

Thank you all.


destry    #16181
flagstaff    az USA     Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 18:54:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

ok: i feel compelled to make another recommendation here, and then see if i can give this page a rest from my intense brilliance and modesty for a few months.

i picked up the book CONNECTED because it's got a blurb on the cover from the guy who wrote "Stumbling on Happyness," which i picked up because IT'S cover blurb, was from Malcolm Gladwell.... an author who's books i've all read because Quinn recommends one.

all of this is not quite rambling, not quite just me hogging precious space:

the book CONNECTED makes it clear from the first chapter that it is precisely the primer us civilized readers need to understand how groups of humans can work together in an organism-like conglomeration.

i swear i won't be posting here for as long as i can possibly hold out while i read all that screams at me to be connected to the web of ishmaelian thinking into which i'm happily woven.

thank you


destry    #16177
   USA     Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 14:30:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS, by Daniel Gilbert, is almost a companion piece to Ishmael, and for the same reason Jean Liedloff's THE CONTINUUM CONCEPT is. Malcolm Gladwell, a Quinn-recommended author, had this to say about HAPPINESS: "If you have even the slightest curiosity about the human condition, you ought to read it."

Trust me.


Maureen VerPlanck    #16176
Greenville    New York USA     Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 at 12:5:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Read Ishmael several years ago and look forward to rereading it -- and its sequel.

Michael    #16173
   IA USA     Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 10:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I literally finished reading Ishmael about 10 minutes ago for my Environmental Science class. I just wanted to say it holds the place as my new favorite book. "The leaver lifestyle is about letting the rest of the community live" Thank you for writing Ishmael -michael

Lance Hubp    #16170
   USA     Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 20:29:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I get it. You talk about how a tribal community living in the hands of God population was limited by available food and neighboring tribes, but how specifically. I have been looking for interviews with the few Leaver tribes left, but can't find anyone asking the question. How do different tribes limit their population growth. Does one tribe have a rule that no woman can have more than two children? What happens get she gets pregnant a third time? I can't see us wanting that control in the states hands, like China. So what are some of the internal ways different tribes learned (over 3 million years) to sucessfully manage birth control beyond growth until the available food supply envokes starvation?

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