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  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

Related Q&A(s): 587

The Question (ID Number 579)...

    I find it difficult to teach the "unteachable", or better yet, to "unteach" them. Please, don't get me wrong here - I am not suggesting that they are intellectually inept but rather that they are unwilling to listen to anything that goes against their conditioning. Do you think that this fact(?) will seal our fate? I only ask because I find that the types of individuals who are drawn to books such as yours are the ones looking for an alternative in the first place. I find that most people I talk to either don't want to be challenged or truly believe in this "lifestyle" because they don't know any better. I am sorry if this question sounds redundant as I have read your views on this but what is your approach for the most "closeminded" individuals, or isn't there one?

    ...and the response:

    I've framed many answers to your second question, basically saying that there are bound to be people who are completely resistant to my ideas, and you'll simply waste your time trying to win them over. But there are, fortunately, a great many people who are open to what I'm saying, who are eager to embrace something that makes better sense to them than Mother Culture's traditional teachings (just as you were). If you think of this group as a subculture of Taker culture, then the population of this subculture is growing explosively--much more rapidly than the population of Taker culture--from, let us say, twenty thousand in 1992 (the year Ishmael came out) to two or three million in 2002. In other words, this population has been doubling almost every year (in comparison with Taker culture in general, which is doubling every fifty or sixty years). This means that our representation within Taker culture is growing rapidly, and if it were to continue to grow at this rate, then it would be complete in less than two decades. That's a big "if," of course, but it's nonetheless true that our representation within Take culture IS growing rapidly, and this should be taken as a definite cause for hope. As for the most "closeminded individuals" you speak of, you'll find their closemindedness diminishing as the culture around them changes (a well-observed sociological effect); the need to fit in with the people around them will influence them more strongly than any argument you might make to them.

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