Loading
Note: Beware of a website proclaiming to be New Tribal Ventures/An Ishmael Community! Do not reply to any request for information. Our legitimate pages are available on our site here & on the navigation to the left.
HOME

DQ on Facebook!Follow Us on
 Facebook!


FIND OUT ABOUT
What's new
Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn's books
Schools & courses
Telephone Conferences
This website
New Tribal Ventures
Ishmael's Annex
Speaking Invitations
Events

THINGS TO DO
Register
Visit Guestbook
Find others
Help us
Order books
Contact us
Telephone Conferences
Special Requests

THINGS TO READ
Essays
Speeches
Dialogues
Parables
Answers to Questions
DQ's suggested reading
DQ's Blog

FOR TEACHERS
The Ishmael Companion
Beyond Civilization
 Study Guide


  The Ishmael Community: Questions and Answers

Related Q&A(s): 377 380 392 403 406 448 452 456 461 471 473 474 481 483 494 496 500 501 505 509 513 516 539 540 546 547 548 549 550

The Question (ID Number 406)...

    Do we never resort to battle? I mean, if the last two Ibex are standing in the last unplowed field and are about to be shot, and all attempts at mind change have failed; what do we do?

    ...and the response:

    Within the next ten or twenty years, the last elephant (outside captivity) will die or be killed--if people continue to think the way they presently do ("Let's send poachers to jail," "Let's sentence them to twenty years . . . fifty years . . . a thousand years.") On the last day, when the last poacher raises his rifle, what "attempts at mind change" will have failed? Will any have been attempted at all?

    Most people seem to believe that only fighting is effective---and they argue exactly like this: "If the last two Ibex are standing in the last unplowed field and are about to be shot, and all attempts at mind change have failed; what do we do?" This is their justification for fighting. The fact is that if six billion people think it doesn't matter whether those ibex live or die, then they're doomed. But if six billion people think those ibex should be kept alive at any cost, how much danger will they be in?

    When you defeat a thousand opponents, you still have a thousand opponents. When you change a thousand minds, you have a thousand allies.

    Related Q&A(s): 377 380 392 403 406 448 452 456 461 471 473 474 481 483 494 496 500 501 505 509 513 516 539 540 546 547 548 549 550


Go Back OR return to the Questions & Answers OR Browse to the Next Question
Site design and content, © 2018, Daniel Quinn