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  • I am a thinker. I think, think, think. That is just what i do. Recently, my English & Philosophy class started reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I was so into it. It talked about the state of our society and why things are the way they are, and how they came to be this way. Basically, it talks about how the gods created the world, and evolution. And they are the ones that decide who lives and dies. For example, one day a lion might be chasing the gazelle. There is a tough choice to make: does the gazelle get killed by the lion, or does the lion go hungry? Which of these is more right than the other? The Gods had a tree of knowledge. They ate of it, and so they could make decisions like these. Some days it is one creature's day to die. Others its a different creature's day to die. And this is how it shall be. But one day, humans decided that they were not going to live in the hands of the gods anymore. So a few of them started farming, and keeping food under lock and key. And so, they could control labor. If people did not work to produce food (which was locked up) the people in charge of the food would not give them any, and so they would starve. They also thought they knew the ONE right way to live, and so they would exterminate people who would not believe in their way of life, as well as other competitors. If a fox eats a chicken, this is thought to be wrong, because THEY own that chicken.
    And this is what i struggle with. I believe in this book. To me, it is not fiction. To me it is something that makes so much sense. I have always sort of thought like this, and finding this book just helped reinforce my beliefs. But the thing I struggle with is, what is the solution? And how do I make the choice of what to do? I guess i could live in a nomadic way, eating as i go, but what about the rest of society? Everything is already set. Food is always under lock and key (stores, farms, etc.) and so how would i go about living and surviving nomadically?
    Everyone owns everything. There is not much land that is just free for the living off of. And this is what's frustrating.
    What is my role?
    This book has brought me much struggle.
    What of this is not about the way i LIVE but the way i think? Is the message from the book to revert to "old" ways, or just to have mindfulness?
    I would recommend this book to thinkers that know the world is in a messy place. Just don't let it drag you down the way it did me.
    There may be hope...
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