Destruction Of The Prison
‘What is crucial to your survival as a race is not the redistribution of power and wealth within the prison but rather the destruction of the prison itself.’
‘Whenever a Taker couple talk about how wonderful it would be to have a big family, they’re reenacting this scene behind the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They’re saying to themselves, ‘Of course it’s our right to apportion life on this planet as we please. All we have to do is plow under another few hundred acres of rain forest and who cares if a dozen other species disappear as a result?’
‘Humans don’t generate toxic wastes but our culture certainly does. Humans aren’t toxic to the face of the earth but our culture certainly is. It’s vitally important for our children to know that the curse that needs to be lifted from the earth is not humanity. It’s important for them to know that we may be a doomed culture but we are not a doomed species. It’s important for them to understand that it’s not being human that is destroying the world. It’s living this way that is destroying the world. It’s important for them to know that humans have lived other ways because it’s important for them to know that it’s possible to live other ways. Otherwise they can only repeat the falsehood spoken by that waste disposal engineer that the only way to stop poisoning the world is to get rid of humanity.
Quotes from Daniel Quinn’s novels Ishmael and The Invisibility of Success
Daniel Quinn is an American writer, cultural critic, and former publisher of educational texts, best known for his novel Ishmael, which won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award in 1991 and was published the following year