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Beyond Civilization
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  • THE TEACHINGS NOW IN PRINT
    Sunday October 12, 2014
    I can't imagine doing anything that would be more useful than what I've done here, assembling the quintessential elements of all these books in a single volume. I'll never produce anything more gratifying to me or more valuable to my readers. No book in my future will ever be as important as this one.

    The Teachings exists to bring readers to eight books -- four of them published by Random House: Providence, The Story of B, My Ishmael and Beyond Civilization. In spite of this, Random House declined to publish it, perhaps assuming that the millions of readers who haven't read anything beyond Ishmael will probably not read this book either.

    Even if you yourself don't belong to the target group for this book, I hope you'll spread the word about it. Readers spreading the word is what made Ishmael a book read by millions. Click here to check it out.

    As you can imagine, I very much want to prove the pessimists at Random House wrong!

    --Daniel Quinn

  • Inside the Mind of Daniel Quinn: Podcast Interview
    June 10, 2015

    This week Daniel had a terrific phone conversation with Daniel Vitalis of ReWild Yourself! Click here to listen.

  • The Sea Gypsy Philosopher, Sailing Into New Waters
    June 10, 2015

    From time to time we've pointed you to Ray Jason's blog, where he describes his life as a free-wheeling sailor and philosophizes about this and that. Now some of his essays have been published in a book at Club Orlov Press. Check it out at S G P Book Announcement. While you're at Ray's blog, have a look at his latest essay, which delves into some Ishmael-related themes. Life-The Wonder and the Sadness.

  • The Living Earth Connection & The Book of the Damned
    June 8, 2015
    We missed getting this announcement up in time for the live reading by Amy Gustin on her KMUD program on Sunday, May 31. But you can still find it archived at The Book of the Damned. Here's what she said: Written a decade before Ishmael, it powerfully conveys Daniel Quinn's ideas and insights. In it he draws our attention to two different stories about the world, and man's place in it. "What difference does a story make? It makes a difference. Because the story we have, we are enacting. We are making it come true." For people who have read Ishmael, this monograph is a wonderful way to reacquaint yourself with Daniel's ideas, set out in a very different way.

  • What's It About???
    May 15, 2015

    Daniel says, "Whenever I mention Ishmael to people, they always ask 'What's it about'?" Here's the answer.

    Ishmael YouTube review.

    This YouTube review simply does an AMAZING job of answering that question – in under two minutes! Daniel says, "I couldn't have done better (or even as well)." It will remind you of all the things you love and admire about this book, but that's not really the point. It's tailor-made for you to give to people who ask that dreaded question, "What's it about?" It's simply a terrific tool that needs to be made available to all the millions who have said to their friends, "You've GOT to read this book!"

    Let's make this YouTube video go VIRAL!

  • Bye, Bye, Life
    January 22, 2015

    Thanks to Michael Shillace for alerting us to this new research report Life on Earth at Risk.



The Teachings front cover

 
Links

  • Pan Earth: a site dedicated to a scientific, holistic approach to world problems (and population in particular).

  • Read Ishmael: a site created by Quinn readers to reach out to other prospective readers.

  • Friends of Ishmael Society: find local groups (and more).

  • Cultural Survival: partnering with indigenous peoples to defend their lands, languages, and cultures.

  • Sacred Land Film Project: dedicated to protecting the Earth's sacred places through education and action.

  • Ishmael's Annex: your source for shirts, bumper stickers, and other Ishmael-related artifacts (featuring DQ designs). It provides much of the funding that keeps this website going.

  • Here are some new Facebook pages established by people who want to share and discuss Daniel's work and related subjects. They're all somewhat different, depending on the focus of the creator, so check them out and interact with them as you see fit.


  Our history is full of underclass insurrections, revolts, rebellions, riots, and revolutions, but not a single one has ever ended with people just walking away. This is because our citizens know that civilization must continue at any cost and not be abandoned under any circumstance. So they will go berserk, will destroy everything in sight, will slaughter all the elite they can get their hands on, will burn, rape, and pillage--but they will never just walk away.

This is why the behavior of the Maya, the Olmec, and the rest is so unfathomably mysterious to our historians. For them, it seems self-evident that civilization must continue at any cost and never be abandoned under any circumstance.

Beyond Civilization

 

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