“Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)

I spent nine long years working in foster care trying hard to find something to smile about so the kids I was with would have at least one person in their life who was happy. I failed most of the time because the reality was too painful. Now I work in a grocery store where smiling is considered job one and I still struggle with this goal. I consider myself to be a mostly positive person but outward displays of happiness have never been easy for me because I focus too much on fixing problems, which is inherently negative. I only allow myself the privilege of happiness after I have solved the problem.

I can trace this personality trait all the way back to my childhood and the hours I spent with my dad working at his printing business. My earliest recollection is this imperative he taught me from the very beginning, “Don’t ever make the same mistake twice.” He was adamant that only a fool would ever allow a problem to continue unabated and the person who was most responsible for fixing every problem was the one whose name was on the letterhead. There were many Saturdays when we went to work specifically to fix a mistake or solve a problem. We spent hours testing and making sure that the solution was the best practice and would work consistently from then on. Only then would he smile and say, “Let’s go by the Country Club Dairy and get a hot fudge sundae.” Then I had a great reason to smile and a huge sense of accomplishment for having been part of the winning team.

It has become painfully obvious to me now that I don’t smile that often because I see so many problems that need to be fixed and I feel like it’s my duty to do something about them. Smiling is the reward I get only after the problem has been solved and to do otherwise would be less than honest on my part. When people come to customer service, they can clearly see my name on the badge I wear and that makes me feel responsible. Unfortunately, there are far too many requests that are completely out of my control and I am left with an empty feeling.

Solving problems and helping people has always given meaning to my life but the older I get the more I realize the odds are against me in my quest. The world of today is a struggle for so many people and it saddens me to to see so many problems caused by a lack of kindness and commitment to making the world a better place. I meet elderly people who struggle with technology that makes every transaction a chore and young people who are great with technology but struggle with communication skills. I try to help them in any way I can but the speed at which I am asked to work means that my chances of giving them what they really need are almost nil. That is the curse of the modern world – unlimited opportunity with no time to take advantage of it all.

In the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, Cain questions the most important moral imperative of all time, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” That thought is antithetical to everything I have ever known and I thank my parents for teaching me the most valuable lesson of all time, we are all our brother’s keepers. The quality of our lives is inextricably connected to the world at large and we are all responsible for making the world the best it can be for everyone. Selfishness and isolation have created more problems than any disease in history. We have to help each other and no one is exempt from this imperative.

Sometimes it is all I can do to smile through the pain but I know it helps. Every act of kindness brings me closer to humanity and to God. Happiness and fulfillment aren’t guaranteed for any of us but the opportunity to make a difference is endless. I still look forward to each new day and a hundred new problems to solve. I may not be smiling every minute of the day but my heart is in the right place and eventually I will get my reward when God smiles at me. I sincerely hope He does the same for all of you because you accepted His challenge to, “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

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“This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” (Elmer Davis)

Now that I have a grandson to nurture, I spend more time thinking about the future he will inherit. His world will be a world much different from mine and I sincerely hope it’s much better. I was born in the fifties, when the Cold War was so bad my dad built a bomb shelter in our basement. Years later I kidded him about that decision and how the thought of being cooped up in a bunker with my sister Karen was a fate worse than death, so I wouldn’t have gone down there even if the sirens went off. I was fully prepared to watch that mushroom cloud rise above the house while shooting hoops on the driveway. He would never admit it but I’m pretty sure he would have joined me.

I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Viet Nam War, the Oil Embargo, the Disco Era, the Aids Crisis, the end of the Cold War, the Gulf War, Y2K, the booming economy of the nineties, 9-11, the second Gulf War, the Great Recession, smartphones, social media, the death of journalism, nine years in the service of foster children and now I’m watching the final act from behind the counter in customer service at a huge grocery store. It’s been pretty much one struggle after another but in spite of all that, I still look forward to each new day and every new challenge.

In my estimation, that’s the American Dream that the Founding Fathers wanted everyone to have, the chance to keep trying no matter what the odds are against us. I know that sounds crazy but it’s not. Freedom is a choice we make each day with every decision. I am free to have whatever life I want but I have to work very hard to make it happen and there will always be difficulties. Nothing is guaranteed in a free society except opportunity. It’s the promise of opportunity that draws people from all over the world to come to America and give it their all. We are a nation of immigrants but historically we came here to become Americans and give up some of our ancestry. Many immigrants have changed their names upon arrival so as to minimize their foreign-born status and better assimilate into American culture. Again, freedom requires self-sacrifice more than anything else. We don’t get the former without the latter. How many sacrifices we are willing to make determines how much freedom we will continue to enjoy. It takes courage to achieve freedom but we have always been the home of the brave.

My grandson, Granger Thomas Horst, is going to grow up in a world where more people have the chance to be free than ever before in the history of the world. We must make sure that his chance isn’t taken from him by corrupt government, political dishonesty or extremism of any kind. I will do all I can to teach him to reason and be reasonable. I will do all I can to make him appreciate other people who seek the same basic things he does. I want him to always be willing to work with anyone to achieve the greatest good for all. I want him to have the courage of his convictions and be brave in the face of tyranny. I will teach him the lessons of history and the importance of learning from our mistakes. I will teach him to be kind to all of God’s creations and never waste His blessings. I will show him the value of the Golden Rule and the importance of self-sacrifice. I will teach him to disagree without being disagreeable. He will learn the importance of showing respect to others in spite of their differences. In short, I will teach him what it means to achieve the American Dream – freedom for all in proportion to the sacrifices we make together every day. The more he gives to the cause of freedom, the greater his freedom will be. Maybe, if he’s lucky and really listens to his grandpa, he might grow up to be president some day. That’s my American Dream, what’s yours?

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“You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (Jesus)

I just finished reading an article about Tim Berners-Lee who is widely credited with creating the internet in 1989. Apparently, he’s not too happy with the way it turned out and the fact that so much power is concentrated in the hands of a few companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. He is currently working on a new platform called Solid, that will effectively give individual users control over their own content and data. I sincerely hope he succeeds because what we have now is being corrupted by bad actors whose business model consists of selling aggregated user data to the highest bidder without any constraints on how that information will be used. In my opinion, the internet as it exists today has done more harm than good, especially when it comes to children. I applaud Mr. Berners-Lee for his continuing efforts to make the internet something good for all of mankind. When the interviewer asked Mr. Berners-Lee whether he was talking to Facebook or Google about his plans that would upend their business models he made this most historic declaration, “We’re not asking their permission.”

This has given me more hope for the future of the world than anything I have ever read, except the Bible. Here is a man who clearly understands the value of an internet where the ability to control our own individual data and communicate directly with others would be placed in the hands of the greatest number of people possible rather than being a device that primarily benefits a few companies. The ability to share information equally among all people would be the greatest invention since the printing press and it could lead to a second Renaissance period of enlightenment that the world desperately needs right now. We should all support his efforts on our behalf and spread the word that this is what the people want, regardless of how it affects Google and Facebook.

The more we rely on direct communication with people across the world, the more likely we are to achieve compassion and understanding. When people finally realize how much disinformation and propaganda is being distributed by the ruling class in every country then we will be able to free ourselves from the rich and powerful who see the rest of us as useful idiots. I have long believed that the vast majority of people all over the world would get along fine if not for the hatred that is fomented by the ruling class to keep themselves in power. Fear based on ignorance is the best way to make people into sheep who can be herded in any direction at any time. If we had the ability to reach across international borders and speak clearly with each other, I’m sure we would find people who only want the same things we all want – to live in peace with our families close by and have a roof over our heads. Fear of the unknown would be very hard to maintain if we had control over our personal information and we weren’t subjected to the commercial demands of the service providers.

Now that Mr. Berners-Lee has announced his intentions, it will be interesting to see how the major players on the internet react. I can promise you they will not give up control without a fight and we will hear all kinds of disinformation from them about how well the current model already works and why there is no need for anything else. They will circle the proverbial wagons and do whatever it takes to maintain their dominance over us. Then we will all know for certain just how big the deception has been all along. If I was Tim Berners-Lee, I would hire a bodyguard because these players are ruthless and a truly free internet is their existential threat. The last human being who tried to free people’s minds and inspire understanding was Jesus. He only preached His gospel for three years before He was put to death by the ruling class for telling the truth about humanity. I only hope we have learned our lesson once and for all.

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“The dog’s name was Indiana.” (Dr. Henry Jones)

Anyone who is a fan of the Indiana Jones movies will remember this line from The Last Crusade. My son used it as inspiration when he named our dog Indiana. No dog ever lived up to his reputation better than our beloved family pet. I’m very sad to announce that Indy was put down today after a six month battle with cancer. He was probably around twelve years old but we don’t know his birth date because he came to us from the shelter after someone else gave up on him when he was very young.

I  can still remember the first time we met. He was quiet but alert and anxious around his new family. We suspected that he had been abused as a puppy because he was extremely aggressive and territorial. The first time I hugged my wife, as I was leaving the house, Indy came after me in no uncertain terms. He growled and nipped at my leg until I separated from her. It makes me think he had been in a home where there was domestic abuse and he thought it was his job to defend the woman from the man. That’s probably why they wanted to get rid of him. It always amazes me how people can treat animals so poorly and yet it’s somehow the animal’s fault when they act out. Whenever you combine the natural protective instincts of a German shepherd/collie mix with mistreatment and little socialization, the end result is fairly predictable and always the owner’s fault.

Indy was the most aggressive dog we have ever had but with his immediate family he was as lovable as a dog could get. Even at 65 pounds of muscle he fancied himself a lap dog and constantly tried to worm his way onto the couch to be close to his family. He never was more than three feet away from one of us at all times and even when he seemed to be asleep we couldn’t get past him to go outside or to another room without his prompt attention. He also hated it when I left for work and would guard the front door to keep me from leaving. If I tried to walk out the back, he would sprint to that door and bark at me as I left. His separation anxiety must have been contagious because we became inseparable and I looked forward to our evening walks after work with great anticipation.

With Indy’s intense nature and protective instincts our walks were always an adventure. He hated squirrels and cats and other dogs, especially the little yippy ones who always wanted to challenge him as we passed their yards. He almost killed a dachshund one day when that little idiot actually took the first bite. The fight was over in ten seconds with Indy pinning him to the ground and the dachshund crying for help. Indy even bit me as I tried to untangle them while the other dog’s owner stood by helplessly. At least she knew her dog had started the fight so she didn’t complain too much about the injuries he had suffered. I got Indy back on his leash and out of there as fast as I could and when we were out of sight, I gave him several treats for his decisive victory. We passed that house many times since but luckily that dumb dachshund survived and learned his lesson the hard way. Unfortunately for Indy, that was the day I decided he could never be off his leash and we had to use a choke collar to manage his aggression.

The only place Indy was ever allowed to roam freely was at the lake in Minnesota. The place was big enough and there were no cars so we felt safe giving him some freedom up there. The biggest danger there was from wildlife like skunks and bears. I really didn’t want to see him tangle with a skunk because I knew how that would end but he was great at keeping the bears away. He was plenty loud enough and fearless beyond words so I think the bears just kept their distance till he went home after a week. His personality really changed when he was at the lake. He was much more relaxed and all that freedom made him sleep better at night. The cold water and cool nights probably had an effect on him too because his thick dark coat was always hot in the summertime. He never wanted to leave the lake, but then again neither did we.

I don’t know what it is about dogs that I love so much but Indy was one of a kind. He loved to fight and wrestle but one time when he pinned me to the ground and stood there hovering over me he had the look of a predator. Two seconds later we were back to snuggling and he was licking my face but I never forgot what he was capable of doing. He was much closer to being the master but he willingly relinquished that title in favor of being part of the family. His willingness to place himself second always reminded me of the way Jesus lived His life and I think most dogs are closer to being genuinely faithful companions than many people I know.

If it’s true that all dogs go to Heaven then that’s where I want to go when I die. Give me an afterlife filled with faithful dogs and plenty of fields to run in and I will be eternally grateful. I really don’t think it’s just a coincidence that dog is just God spelled backwards. Dogs are the most forgiving creatures God ever created and they serve humanity in so many ways. And they do it all so willingly and with very little expectation. Isn’t that the way we should all behave towards each other?

I’m sad that Indy is no longer with us but 11 great years far outweighs one really bad day and we did not want him to suffer one more day than he had to, we owed him that much. For those of you who share my love for canines, please take a moment to give your mutt a hug and maybe an extra treat.  I sincerely hope that all dogs go to Heaven and we will all be together again in the Hereafter but for now let’s truly enjoy each day we have to spend with our pets. God bless all of them for the joy they bring to humans everywhere.

Thanks for everything Indy, you were the best friend any man has ever had.

004REST IN PEACE

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“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” (Rabindranath Tagore)

One of the reasons why I got married was to give my dad a grandson. He had three granddaughters but it was pretty obvious that he really wanted a boy to carry on the family name. We were married in 1980 and my dad waited patiently while I gathered the courage to become a father. It was May of 1985 when Thomas was born early in the morning after a long night of labor for my wife. As soon as she rested, I headed to my car to call my dad. (History note for the younger generation – cell phones were originally installed in the car. They were not carried in your pocket.) It was the most important phone call I ever made and my dad was sitting by the phone in their kitchen waiting for word. All I said was, “Dad, you got your wish! It’s a boy!” My dad was well known for being cool and calm at all times but for once in his life I could tell he was ecstatic and he spent the rest of that day bragging to all of our customers about his new grandson. I can’t begin to tell you how great that moment was for both of us.

Today, it was my turn to get that same call and now I know how my dad felt. Ecstatic doesn’t begin to describe the feeling. Once in a lifetime events cannot be measured in any amount of words so I won’t try. It was actually awesome, even as much as that word has lost all real meaning in today’s slang. Knowing that another boy will share the family name has given new meaning and purpose to my life. I have a million stories to tell him about his heritage and his place in a long line of men who cared enough to make a difference. He’s going to hear about a hundred years of experience in the printing business and he’s going to appreciate the power of the written word. Even after I’m gone, he will have this blog on WordPress to relive his family history, in my own words.

For me at least, writing this blog has always been about leaving my thoughts and stories behind so the next generation can learn from my experience. I was blessed to have a father and a son and now a grandson to share an eternal connection with and now the torch gets passed again. I will do all that I can from now till the day I die to make sure he understands the significance of his place in the family history and how much is expected of him in the future. We’re going to talk about honor and integrity and hard work as its own reward. We’re going to take walks in the woods and fish on the lake together and when he gets tired I will rock him to sleep while I read to him from all the classics. And when he gets older we will talk about the greatest invention of all time, the printing press and how amazing it is to read words in a book.

If I can pass on just one character trait to him, it will be the love of reading and writing. From there we will talk about the importance of self-awareness and knowledge that leads to wisdom. I want him to realize that everything worth knowing is in a book somewhere even if that book is something he reads on his tablet. I want him to be eternally curious and resourceful at finding the truth wherever it might be hiding. I want him to be able to think for himself and easily recognize fools so he is well prepared for the world at large. I want him to be respectful to all people regardless of race, color, creed or gender and I want him to be kind to everyone so he’s going to hear all about Jesus Christ and the importance of self-sacrifice for the greater good.

I have high expectations for my grandson but my dad had the same ones for his grandson and I’m eternally grateful for how he turned out. Now it’s my turn to help this little boy become a good man. It’s the most important family tradition of all and the one I will enjoy the most. Thank you Lord for making this day possible and for giving me another chance to make a difference for someone else. I could not ask for more.

His vital statistics for those keeping track. Granger Thomas Horst 9lbs. 3oz., 22 inches, with lots of hair and blue eyes. I don’t know where Granger came from but I’m going to call him GT Horst. That’s a truly cool name and I’m the patriarch of this family so I can do whatever I want. Look out world, GT Horst is fast approaching.

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“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.” (Frederick Douglass)

As we gather together today for the Fourth of July parties we all enjoy so much, I sincerely hope we all take a moment to appreciate the historical significance of this great day in the history of the world. Here’s a list of some of the people who made this celebration possible…Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Robert Paine, Elbridge Gerry, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, and Matthew Thornton.

How many of us recognized those names as some of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence? I left out the famous ones we all know because I wanted to make a larger point about American history. The men I listed weren’t famous then and they’re not famous now but they made the same sacrifice as John Hancock, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams.

There were fifty-six men who represented the thirteen colonies who all agreed to attach their names to a document that effectively declared war on Great Britain and King George III. Here’s an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence that lists all the grievances the colonists had with the King.

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

When you read these charges you have to remember King George III was one of the most powerful people in the whole world at the time. No one had ever brought charges against the King, and lived to talk about it, before 1776. When this same document got printed in England how do you suppose he reacted to fifty-six colonists calling him a tyrant? His reaction was completely tyrannical because he sent more mercenaries to quell the rebellion. Every grievance they had became much worse and they all became enemies of the crown. These were ordinary people who risked everything they had to create something so extraordinary that it changed the world forever.

Tyranny was and still is a real threat for most of humanity. Since none of us alive today, who were born in the US of A, have ever experienced real tyranny it’s easy to forget the sacrifices the founders made on our behalf. The Declaration of Independence followed by Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation are the two most important statements about the rights of humanity ever recorded and both of them are the product of the American people. That’s our legacy for all of human history and, I would argue, the greatest achievements of mankind ever. America gave the world liberty and the unfettered opportunity to rise above the darkness of despotism. Lincoln gave this testament to the value of the Declaration of Independence…                                                                                           “I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not mean to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all men were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness in what they did consider all men created equal—equal in ‘certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ This they said, and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality, or yet that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact, they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society which should be familiar to all, constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even, though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people, of all colors, everywhere.”

I’m proud to be an American and I always will be because freedom is worth everything I have to give. I would rather be dead than give in to tyranny and I suspect that most Americans feel the same way. The fact that so many people are trying to come here is all the proof I need to believe that we are the greatest country on Earth and as long as we hold on to the same values declared by the founders we will overcome any obstacles that come our way. America will never be perfect but it’s a damn sight better than any other place on Earth because we keep trying to make it better. Freedom isn’t easy, liberty takes all we’ve got and a true democracy requires everyone to pull their own weight. The founders laid the foundation and we just have to keep building on it.

So please, by all means, enjoy the Fourth of July with your family and friends. It is the most significant day in American history and the day that changed the whole world for eternity. It doesn’t get any better than that. And just remember, even ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

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“We all need somebody to lean on…” (Bill Withers)

I need a new challenge. Nine years of working in the foster care system was challenging but it was pretty much the same sad story over and over again with no end in sight. That was hard work but it only really tested my patience, not my problem-solving skills. I need a job that makes me think and pushes me to test the limits of my ability. It would also be great if it helped people in tangible ways. Most of the work I did in foster care was unresolved and I never knew what happened to those kids. I gave it my all but I have virtually nothing to show for it.

I need a new mission. I’m old, so my days are numbered for making a difference in the world at large. I would like a job that serves a purpose and still leaves me time to serve the community. Being on-call 24/7 for nine years left me with no time for community service or just being a good neighbor. Now, when I’m out walking the dog, I pick up trash around the neighborhood and at the grade school down the street. I want my street to look nice so I try to do my part but I could walk farther and explore new streets. Regular hours would also give me more time to stop and talk to people when I’m out for a walk.

I need a new cause. I’m getting a grandson in August. I would like him to grow up to be President of the United States some day so I have a lot of training to do with him. He needs to hear about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Founders and the history of the U.S. since 1776. He needs to learn how to bring people together and the art of compromising to achieve the greatest good. He needs to learn the importance of kindness and compassion and that we are all our brother’s keepers. He needs to sweat and get his hands dirty so he understands the value of hard work and discipline. He needs to not be a politician who only cares about himself. I’m going to make him understand that public service is about serving others first.

I need a new goal. It’s never been enough for me to just keep living. I would rather be dead if all I had to look forward to was breathing and watching television. I think it would be great if I could help the next generation become successful by helping them get through the school of hard knocks. I’ve crashed and burned so many times that I’ve lost count but all those experiences are still with me and they would make great lessons for  the young people out there who are just starting their careers. I’m pretty good at telling stories and making a valid point. I hope I get the chance to share my experiences.

I need your help. If you are an old friend or just a fan of this site, please help me by leaving a comment. Given how often social media is used as part of the vetting process by employers and this is the only form of social media I use, it would seem likely that whoever might consider hiring me will end up here. I’m not asking for high praise, just honest reactions to the things I have written about here on WordPress. If you know me personally, then go ahead and share your experience. If we worked together in the past, then tell that story and please be truthful.

I need to work. I am happiest when I’m engaged in something difficult. This blog has kept me motivated for many years now but it’s still not enough. Aside from comments and new friends I have made, there’s nothing really tangible I can take from this career. I need to see my ripples of effort become waves of benefit to some new organization. That’s what makes me happy and gives meaning to my life.

In short, we all need each other to lean on.

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