While thinking about possible careers, I’ve examined my skills, desires, and beliefs, and conclude that I’m a talented, persuasive speaker, especially when talking about something that I know well and feel strongly about. My desire is to influence people to change the direction in which our species is heading and instead to work for a more natural, nondetrimental end. The bumps in this career path are huge. Millions upon millions of people need to be reached. Luckily we have such technology to do this, but unfortunately only the famous seem able to use it (How to be famous?) Another large bump–the topic of the direction of the entire human race is quite encompassing, and I’m too ignorant to speak intelligently about anything that important right now. I need an education very different from the one that I received as a biology major at Boston University. So I need advice. What do you tell a girl who wants to change the current worldview? I’m asking for any guidance you can offer regarding the education or getting started or somewhere I should go, something I should do, anything.

I’ve come across many people, including myself at times, that are so dissatisfied with Taker culture, from which there is no immediate escape, that life is unbearable. It is evident from your books that you’re aware of this. I’m a teen now and have no desire to enter this literally damned Taker culture. But there is no Leaver culture accessible to me, except the one that I may help create in the future. Question is, what can be said now to appease the pain, the despondency, the unbearableness? I see kids at school committing and plotting suicide, I hear kids saying how much this sucks, but what can be said to them? Is there an answer? What would Ishmael say to the depressed captives as we are pulling at the bars of this god damned prison?

I’m finishing my graduate work in educational leadership. I’ve always felt that becoming a principal (leader and supporter) to others was what I was chosen to do. After reading both Ishmael and My Ishmael I am really confused on how to do this effectively. I want to become an Ishmael principal. Any suggestions on how best to accomplish this enormous feat? I want to make a difference for the world, myself, and for my children.