In the story a main internal conflict is within the main character. He is trying to get his mind around all that ishmael is teaching him about the world and culture. The external conflict is what is actually happening in the world. The fact that mother culture is telling us how to do things that we wouldn't really do if culture wasn't an every day factor. Another factor is that we are running out of food to feed our entire population because our population is ever increasing and we will just keep needing to make more food. The whole book is about trying to figure out how they are going to fix all these conflicts. They found out how to fix everything but it would involve everyone working together which will not happen. I agree with his idea but it will not work.