My Thoughts On Ishmael

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“With gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?” This is a quote I cannot get out of my head. If I had not read Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, I would not really understand what this quote meant. Now since I read the book this has a strong meaning for me. This book changed the way I view many aspects of life and made me think about things I never really thought about. It is An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, essentially a journey that you go through while reading it. This book helped me learn about myself, the world around me and about learning/education.

First what I learned about myself. In the story, there is a student that wants to have a teacher and there is a teacher that wants a student to teach. It turns out the teacher is a gorilla that is able to telepathically communicate with the student. The gorilla’s name is Ishmael and the student is unnamed, so he can apply to everyone reading the story. Ishmael basically tells the student how to save the world from destruction and that humans are the root of this destruction. He tells how civilized societies are considered ‘takers’ and primitive societies are considered ‘leavers’. I never thought that living the life that I am currently living would actually destroy the world. It does take many years but it is surely bad for the planet. Basically, we as ‘takers’ suppress and destroy the ‘leavers’ since that is not the right way to live. We the ‘takers’ also suppress and destroy other species for our own gain. Basically, ‘takers’ believe that they have a higher calling in life, a destiny to rule the world, even if it means destroying it. This is the life I am living and I never realized that this is actually what is happening.

Next is what I learned about the world. In the story, Ishmael talks about the peace-keeping law and the community of life. This is basically the circle of life. That if all creatures, including humans, follow this law, the world will not be destroyed and they will be diversity throughout spe View More »

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