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Gregory Ziomek    #16168
Albuquerque    NM USA     Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 18:16:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Hello world!

Destry (Dex) Lee    #16163
Flagstaff    AZ USA     Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 14:59:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

"Individual consciousness changes, and it can change in a SECOND."

Are the "woo-woo" spiritual people right when they say that humans need to "evolve" to a higher state of consciousness to survive?

Is it possible that an "aware" enough, "evolved" person will INTUITIVELY know how to live sustainably.

These questions and more discussed in my latest YouTube post comparing ISHMAEL to the novel LIFE OF PI.

YouTube post: "Life of Pi" vs. "Ishmael" vs. ...raising consciousness?

stay tuned...

(and in case the above link doesn't work, just make sure to COPY and PASTE


Keanan Kleczka    #16161
   France     Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 at 11:45:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

For years I have had a gut feeling that something was "off" with the life I was leading. I tried to explain it to my family, they simple said 'forget it, this is just the way life is and it isn't going to change'. Well of course I couldn't accept this and simply kept "fighting the system"... This just lead to more problems and more fallings-out with friends, family, girlfriends etc., over something I could not fully explain, a mere "gut-feeling". To be honest I felt lost, I knew that it wasn't a need to be rebellious that led me to feel this way. I knew that there was something deep down inside trying to make its way out, it just didn't know how... Anyway the story goes on but for now the reason I am here is because I was going to enroll with an organisation known as T.I.G.E.R.S. and one of the prerequisites was that I read "Ishmael". I bought the book and for whatever reason set it aside and got on with my mundane life. Unfortunately or fortunately[who knows?] I never enrolled to the organisation but I did keep hold of the book. Yesterday[over a year later] I decided to pick it up and give it a try, to my amazement it gave me great insight on why I may have been feeling the way I did all these years. And for that I thank you Daniel Quinn for further opening my eyes and giving me the reassurance that I am not alone on this Earth. Upon finishing the book I looked up the website given and here I am, hoping to become a member of this community and it's future achievements.

[NOTE]: This same information can be found on the "Why are you here" section of my network listing. I found it an appropriate Guest Book entry and thus posted it here as well.

Zot Lynn Szurgot    #16159
renewed    tribal     Posted: Friday, December 31, 2010 at 21:4:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

i do not understand why so many compare Quinn to Malthus; he's more like an anti-Malthus. Malthus warned about the failure of agriculture; Quinn warns of its success, very different. Malthus dreaded the engine of scarcity driving historical tragedy; Quinn dreads the engine of overabundance driving historical tragedy. Malthus relished the separation of people from the natural world, first by capital and then in heaven; Quinn craves a deep reunion with the natural world. Malthus thought population could outpace food supply; Quinn laughs, since population is driven by the food supply of which it is made. Malthus wanted to protect high food prices; Quinn wants to abolish food prices. Malthus argued for wealthy landowners controlling land; Quinn argues against them and for universal access to land. Malthus saw humans as flawed and incapable sinners; Quinn sees us as marvelously adapted organisms proven capable of social and ecological harmony. Malthus wants wages to be low; Quinn urges us to walk away from wage slavery entirely. Malthus spoke of economics (the dismal science he so influenced) as transcending and trumping biology in influencing birth rates; Quinn speaks of biology as transcending and trumping economics in influencing birth rates. Birth, after all, is biology, not income. Malthus saw only misery within history; Quinn luxuriates in tribal success, both in prehistory and currently outside the Eurocentric linear frame tale of history. Malthus was a Reverend christian clergy; Quinn is an irreverent animist fan of Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary anti-christian. Malthus wanted each nuclear family to support itself; Quinn loves to see clans and tribes share support. Quinn is the opposite of Malthus.

Trevor Linan    #16158
Anaheim    Ca USA     Posted: Monday, December 27, 2010 at 16:49:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Thank you for the inspiration. One more opened mind and infinite to go.

destry    #16157
flagstaff    az USA     Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 at 16:19:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

i'm not used to facebook links blowing my mind, but this one did. i'm pissed i'd never heard of ken robinson before. i think it's just possible that daniel quinn might consider his thinking on education to fairly independantly alighned with his own.

i'm making sure to post a link to quinn's "education" speach on my friend's facebook next to where he posted this absolutely wonderfully animated TED talk... i can't wait to find the speach in it's entirety and listen to it again and again.


((sam if you would make that an actual "link" for me i would be very greatful :))

Natalie    #16156
Apple Valley    MN USA     Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:55:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I enjoyed the novel.

victor    #16155
   USA     Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 12:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

ISHMAEL STICKERS!! yours for the asking . go to also if anyone wants to contribute pics of ishmael related action please send it them to me .ishmael art

Michael    #16154
Phoenix    AZ USA     Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 at 9:23:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

We are walking away. Thanks DQ.

Brian Setzler, CPA    #16153
Portland    OR USA     Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 at 19:14:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

Want to share DQ's books with others? Consider as a method for sharing books.

With you register your book and include a tracking number, share it with a friend, a stranger or leave it in the public domain. When someone registers the book back with the website, you can track where its been kind of like "Where's" tracks the travel of money.

I put Ishmael out a number of years ago and loved getting a report back when it had been picked up, read and shared.

Just a thought.

Nicolette Eicholtz    #16152
   MA USA     Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 at 18:47:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

This is probably what is always said, but whatever, life goes on, I read the book Ishmael, and loved it. I found this site in the back of the book, and thought it would be amazing to meet other people who have shared the experience of the book.

Jess Kramer    #16151
San Diego    CA USA     Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 at 9:2:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I have not read a book that has touched me so deeply and then to find out it was written in 1992 but EVERYTHING is still so relevant if not more so today. Almost ten years ago and nothing has changed... Very powerful book due to the amazing rhetoric.

I just love the stress given to the relationship between the earth and humans... finally put it into words how I have come to see the human reign on earth. I am a vegan and I'd like to think I try my best to understand how I fit in with the other animals and environment and I'm just starting, at 23, to see what big business is doing in America and just talking about the meat/corn/soy/agricultural industry really get me fired up. This book just added a whole lot more fuel to my flame.

Can't go on enough about how it felt like soo much more than a book. Just got My Ishamel from my neighbor and looking forward to this even more as he said it's THAT much better.

Thank you for writing!

Shawn Best    #16150
Las Vegas    NV USA     Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 13:59:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I've just come from living in central Colorado - a place where it seems that they've taken the next step towards changing our vision and paradigm of how to live. We're not quite there yet, but it felt good to a step in the correct direction.

Also, this might just be a shout out to the void, but I want to thank the woman, whom so many years ago, told me about this book. I'm sorry I never called you back, but if I could figure it out after some ten years have gone by, I certainly would. Every time I look at the moon, I think of you.

Shawn Best    #16149
Las Vegas    NV USA     Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 at 12:20:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I finally just read "Ishmael" and it's as important today as it was 20 years ago.

Joey    #16148
Sacramento    CA USA     Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 8:30:0 CST (GMT -6:00)

I can hardly believe it has been 5 years since I read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael in quick succession. The impact on my life has been profound; I am now majoring in Anthropology at a community college and intend to use my degree to study cultures that have it right, that are self sustaining, and are removing themselves from the taker lifestyle. I intend to go green and nomadic, living electronically only through green means, and never settling down again. I am sick of cities. I am sick of civilization. I am tired of humanity, but that is because the people I know refuse education. I want out of western civilization, and I will actually do it.

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