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There are some books that you can just sit back and enjoy just let the authors words wash over you and most importantly you dont have to think And then theres Daniel Quinns Ishmael The novel Ishmael an adventure of the mind and spirit opens with a disillusioned and depressed man in search of a teacher and not just any teacher He wants someone to show him what life is all about And so he finds Ishmael a meiutic teacher one who acts as a midwife to his pupils in bringing ideas to the surface who turns out to be a large telepathic gorilla of extraordinary intelligence The largest part of the book consists of their conversations in which Ishmael discusses how things got to be this way in terms of human culture beginning with the agricultural revolution Ishmael shows the narrator exactly what doesnt work in our society the reasoning that there is only one right way to live and that that way is with humans conquering the planet Daniel Quinn points out that many other cultures most notably those who have a tribal lifestyle work in that they do not destroy their resources have no need for crime control or other programs and do not have population problems He insists that our culture is not based on humans being human it is based on humans being gods and trying to control the world Ishmael has a habit of raising questions and ideas The gorilla Ishmael not only brought out thoughts and questions in the narrator he brought up a lot of questions and ideas in Coast to Coast 2000 Ishmael took us all aback Although many of us questioned some of Daniel Quinns minor points we all agreed on one of his main points that there is no one right way to live The Bushmen of Africa are living in a way that is just as right and works just as
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