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The Question (ID Number 641)...

    I am a LCPL in the Marine Corp. I am 2 years from finishing my contract, and going to college. recently I returned from Iraq and while over there I read Ishmael. It changed me. Or it defined something I already knew. my question is this, and I think it apply to all military personnel interested in Ishmael and its message. My being in the military, is it an asset, a way to understand and maybe grasp the weaknesses of the ultimate symbol of taker influence or is it a detriment? A brand making me a liar to my desire to, as you say 'save the world.' that's my question.

    ...and the response:

    Ishmael has this effect on people in all occupations, in all walks of life, in all strata of society, of all political and religious persuasions. I've had the same sort of reaction from people in the military, in the legal profession, in business, in prison. As I've said many times, people with changed minds are needed everywhere, especially in the strongholds of Taker mythology (one of which, I'm sure, must be the military). So I see no reason at all to think of yourself as "a liar to your desire" to save them world.


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