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  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

The Question (ID Number 559)...

    I am a U.S. sailor recently returned from a deployment to the mideast. While I was out there I read a couple of your books. "Ishmael" and "The Story of B". As most of your readers have said.... I was profoundly moved by your work. However, I do not know how to balance my choice of a career with my choice of philosophies. I guess my question is; Do you think it's worth ruining my future by leaving the service early or should I try to be as active as the military allows and finish my time?

    ...and the response:

    People with changed minds are needed EVERYWHERE. They can't all go to work for Greenpeace or the World Wildlife Fund. And they're needed especially in the strongholds of Taker culture--in politics, industry, and, yes, the military! You should definitely not think of ruining your career. Instead, see it as opportunity to shift the minds of the people around you, even by a degree or two. I think you'll find at least a few who are more receptive than you expect.


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