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Daniel Quinn's Bombshell of Truth About Civilization -- Taught by a Captive Gorilla

Updated: Apr 16, 2022

It's written in the form of a novel, but Ishmael is actually a rich tome of Earth-based philosophy and teachings -- and the teachings coming from a caged gorilla named Ishmael.

Quinn articulates so much using words, the same ideas I articulate using visual art.

I'll borrow a quote from Wikipedia because it states the premise of Ishamel so succinctly:

Largely framed as a Socratic conversation between two characters, Ishmael aims to expose that several widely accepted assumptions of modern society, such as human supremacy, are actually cultural myths that produce catastrophic consequences for humankind and the environment.

Quinn invokes us the remember the world before the belief of "human supremacy," and how can imagine the world beyond it. A world where we humans stand alongside all the other creatures and creations of the Earth, and where our sole purpose is to create Paradise together. That's my paraphrasing, of course, but his philosophy and my own weave together beautifully. Explore his full website or read Ishmael, you'll see what I mean.

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