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Moral Patterns and Moral Decisions

All human beings were created in the image of the Divine Creator and as such got implanted in them brains which could think or reason. After getting to know good and evil, each one of us has the instinct for knowing the difference and having the choice to choose between good and evil.

Too many christians do think because they are saved they do not have to obey the commandments of God. They are so wrong and deceiving themselves. Still today they have to base their moral reasoning on obeying rules (deontology), on producing good results (utilitarianism), on imagining what a good person would do (ideal observer theory) we daily having to recognize the often heartbreaking difficulty of moral choice, letting us engage both logic and feeling.

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To remember

  • we always want things to be simple =/= just intellectual laziness => Our minds automatically prefer things that are simple + symmetrical
  • 20th century, Gestalt psychology explored how we find patterns in information > Pattern-finding = one reason our memories are often unreliable.
  • moral decision =/= always simple >requires more than just logic => also requires feeling, imagination, + courage.
  • God gave us both intelligence + conscience. => giving us questions => expecting us to figure out the answers

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Additional reading

  1. Framework and vehicle for Christian Scholasticism and loss of confidence

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Related

  1. God is the greatest question
  2. Utilitarianism Discuss the ideologies associated with utilitarianism and deontological ethics concerning human behavior and the ethical or unethical decisions and/or actions of those working in law enforcement
  3. Utilitarianism Utilitarianism (Religion and Ethics 2b) Which two thinkers do you need to know about for the exam? What kind of theory is Utilitarianism? What is meant by the term Principle of Utility?
  4. Is Utilitarianism a thing?
  5. Utilitarianism against Utility
  6. Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill
  7. An Argument for Utilitarianism: Omelas
  8. Discussion on Bentham’s and J. S. Mill’s Doctrines of Utilitarianism (university paper / philosophy)
  9. The Dangers of Utilitarianism in “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. How to be happy-according to Jeremy Bentham
  11. Why I became a utilitarian
  12. A Letter to Utilitarianism

The Thousand-Year View

Gestalt-PatternsMy new blog post for The Jerusalem Post:

Some things in life are simple. Some aren’t. In fact, a lot of them aren’t.

That’s a problem, because we always want things to be simple. And if they aren’t, then we still try to see them as being that way.

It’s not just intellectual laziness. Our minds automatically prefer things that are simple and symmetrical, whether they are political ideas, scientific theories, melodies, or geometrical shapes.

In the 20th century, Gestalt psychology explored how we find patterns in information, even if the patterns aren’t really there. Pattern-finding is one reason that our memories are often unreliable. If a past event didn’t make sense to us, then when we remember it, we unconsciously impose a pattern so that it makes sense in retrospect.

Moral situations are often too complex to fit into simple patterns or be solved by simple moral principles. Consider…

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About a human being or not and life

For many the argument against abortion may be in the answer to the question

“Is the foetus a human being or not?”

Rev. Richard C. Eyer, D.Min., who spent twenty years as hospital chaplain counselling, Concordia University Wisconsin, wrote  in his reading for the Lutheran Conference about abortion and the Gospel in 2000

Of all the women I counseled who were considering abortion I never had one tell me she did not believe the foetus within her was a human being. In fact, she would have thought it naive of me that I would even press the point. She would have said, “Of course, it is human, but I don’t want to be pregnant.” {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

too many people overlook that those women considering abortion are usually in crisis and that in first instance the crisis needs to be addressed with attempts at healing.

If addressed with compassion and truth spoken gently in the name of Christ who gave himself for desperate sinful men and women, the heart might be won over. Even if not, the path has at least been prepared a way for repentance to follow later. The Church needs to speak boldly against abortion, but more boldly still about the love of Christ for sinners considering and perhaps even participating in abortion. {Abortion and the Gospel, 2000}

writes Rev. Richard C. Eyer.

Not all those who look for abortion are people with a faith life. Lots of them are not having an active religious life, but that does not mean they will not be able to come to such a position that they would like to enjoy worship of God with many others. For them the church has to be ready to receive them with open arms.

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Anti-abortion demonstrators taking part in the 5th Paris March for Life (Marche pour la Vie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God’s temporary permission of evil has afforded all of us the opportunity to show him what is truly in our hearts. We may see lots of evil in this world and we may encounter lots of things we personally do not like. How we cope with them is very important. Concerning abortion we do see in certain countries pro-life groups which manifest such a lot of hate against those people who want to visit or work in an abortion clinic that we can not call that an exemplary Christian attitude.

It is great to see that there are such people who have their mouth full of Jesus, but we would like to see them also taking on the same attitude as Jesus did. They should better know that Jesus is the Way to life and the Way to God and the way to salvation and God’s Kingdom. Jesus did not come for the good ones in this world alone. He came to bring salvation for all people and certainly was there and is there for those in big need.

Jesus was fully aware that he cannot do anything without his heavenly Father, the Only True God, Who is the One Who decides about the giving and taking of life. We do agree that it is not up to man to decide about life. But man is weak and has a spot on him that makes him fallible.
The God who made the world and all the things in it, being, as He is, Lord of heaven and earth, Lord above all lords, He is the Greatest and Most Almighty of all. Jesus who knew very well that this God is much grater than him and does not dwell in handmade temples, wanted all people come to know his heavenly Father, the God of Abraham. It is He himself Who gives to all people life and breath {+} and all things. This God made out of one every nation of men to live all over the face of the earth, determined their appointed seasons, ordaining prescribed epochs and the limitations of their residence. {Acts 17:26}

Instead of condemning those who are questioning themselves what to do with  that they  feel in their body, the pro-life groups better would talk to them lovingly and show them how God is the Source of life. {Psalm 36:9}

(Psalms 36:9 [CPDV]):  (35:10) For with you is the fountain of life; and within your light, we will see the light.

Not always we do know the reason why those women are faced for such a difficult decision. We do not have to judge them but should have to give them an ear and let them know that there are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us, but that we still can try to come into contact with the Only One Who has all the answers. We can show them some answers and guidance God has given mankind to cope with the difficult situations.

Even those with a broken heart shall have to know that there will come a time that the tears they have will dry up and that they shall be able to rejoice again.

(Revelation 7:17 [CPDV]): For the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will rule over them, and he will lead them to the fountains of the waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

All should know that Jehovah views the life of a child as precious even during the very early stages of development after conception.

Psalms 139:13-16 (CPDV): 13  (138:13) For you have possessed my temperament. You have supported me from the womb of my mother. 14  (138:14) I will confess to you, for you have been magnified terribly. Your works are miraculous, as my soul knows exceedingly well. 15  (138:15) My bone, which you have made in secret, has not been hidden from you, and my substance is in accord with the lower parts of the earth. 16  (138:16) Your eyes saw my imperfection, and all this shall be written in your book. Days will be formed, and no one shall be in them.

Not only sees God the imperfection of the unborn baby but also of the bearer of the child. God also sees the heart of the woman with lots of questions and doubts. For her He is there to help if she wants and loves to hear His Voice. God has given man also brains and has also given talents to people. Those talents should be used rightly and in honour of God His creation.

The Pro-life or anti abortionists the same as the one arguing for abortion should also listen to those skilled in the medical field. But we also should know that not always medical opinions are right. It is not bad sometimes to ask an other opinion. We also should question if it would be right to kill a fellow human because that one might harm his fellowman? If at the time of childbirth a choice must be made between the life of the mother and that of the child, it is up to the individuals concerned to make that choice and not to outsiders who often do not know the situation. However, advances in medical procedures in many lands have made this situation very rare.

When ending the presence of the foetus in the mothers womb it is as ending a human life and taking part of God’s creation in own hands. Every human being should be fully aware that anyone taking life a way from a human being could be considered shedding man’s blood.

(Genesis 9:6 [CPDV]): Whoever will shed human blood, his blood will be poured out. For man was indeed made to the image of God.

It is true that the Bible says that every fatal striker of a soul should be slain as a murderer, but it also presents circumstances where there may not take place a killing of that person who took life from somebody else.

Numbers 35:11-15 (CPDV): 11 discern which cities ought to be for the protection of fugitives who have shed blood unwillingly. 12 And when a fugitive is in these, the kinsman of the deceased shall not be able to kill him, until he stands in the sight of the multitude and his case is judged. 13 Then, among those cities which are separated for relief to fugitives, 14 three shall be across the Jordan, and three in the land of Canaan, 15 as much for the sons of Israel as for newcomers and sojourners, so that anyone who has shed blood unwillingly may flee to these places.

Every person is responsible for his or her own body and for those around them. So often today our rights are trampled on by others; many just don’t care what happens to other people or they are very quick to judge the other person and do not mind condemning him or her. Only Jesus has received the authority to judge the living and the dead concerning life. The others who may judge in this world are the judges, which is a profession also instituted by God. As long as Jesus did not return it is their right to bring civil judgement.

People should trust the decisions made by judges who are given latitude to investigate and consider motives and attitude of violators, along with the circumstances surrounding the violation and who are not to oppress the people placed under them, nor widows and orphans, who seem to have no protector, for Jehovah is their fatherly Judge and Protector. (Le 19:33, 34; Ex 22:21; 23:9; De 10:18; 24:17, 18; 27:19; Ps 68:5)

It is good to know for us and for the one who has questions concerning life and abortion that the Bible provides guidelines that can protect us. To receive the benefits, though, we must also accept the responsibilities.’

In the past many mothers have been abandoned by the men who fathered their children. Throughout history we also find many cases of women who were the victim of sexual violence, got pregnant but did not want to loose that life which they felt in them. In the end we also can find women who decided not to have an abortion and were very happy they did make that decision. Others who got an abortion regretted it afterwards.

We always best avoid to have people brought in front of this terrible choice. The best way to do that is by creating an environment where many love the Word of God and are willing to live by Bible standards. In such places we can see that children will have respect for others and that people shall not use their sexual lusts to harm somebody else. In such places where from young age people grow up with the Word of God as guide we shall find more people with respect and genuine love for others. In such communities the husband will really love his wife and children and loyally stay with them and provide for them. (1 Tim. 5:8; Eph. 5:28-31)

 

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Preceding articles:

  1. Fruitage of the womb
  2. Abortion: The expulsion of an embryo or foetus before it can live on its own
  3. The Risk Factors Associated with Abortions
  4. Should I Have An Abortion
  5. My Choice (by Jezabel Jonson)
  6. The Real ‘Choice’
  7. “They Told Me What I Wanted To Hear” – Real Abortion Stories
  8. The Things We Carry, by Penny
  9. Not an easy decision to make
  10. Whoopi Goldberg commandments and abortion
  11. Stop Burning Rape Survivors at the Stake
  12. How to heal after childhood sexual abuse
  13. “Til It Happens To You” by Lady Gaga
  14. Abortion — Not a Trouble-Free Solution

Next: The Catholic synod on the family and abortion

 

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Additional reading:

  1. Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
  2. About lions and babies
  3. Westboro Baptist Church and Catholic Truth against Nelson Mandela
  4. Always a choice
  5. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person

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 Further reading:

  1. The Church of the Inappropriate
  2. Watch “The Silent Scream (Full Length)” on YouTube
  3. Dr. Ben Carson Opposes Abortions In Cases Of Rape Or Incest
  4. Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery
  5. Ben Carson Misogynist
  6. Ben Carson says women who have had abortions are like “slave owners”
  7. Desperate Ben Carson Resorts To Tired Abortion & Slavery Argument In Grab For Votes On Religious Right
  8. “Ben Carson: I would ‘love’ to see abortion ruling overturned”
  9. Richard Corriere’s “In Their Own Words.” FBI director clashes with Obama
  10. Putting on Monday Morning Combat Boots
  11. Homo-Lobby comes out in support of child butchering
  12. Heaven & Miscarried (+Aborted) Babies ♥ Part I
  13. Responsibility
  14. Lady Bits episode 35: Feminism is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
  15. Abortion, Homosexuality, Prostitution: Amnesty International Loses its Way
  16. Freakonomics Abortion Chapter
  17. He Told Me I Needed To “Get Rid of It” – Real Abortion Stories
  18. Hot Topic #3, Abortion!!
  19. Ways To Stop Abortion!
  20. Random Headlines — 10/25/15
  21. Random Headlines — 10/16/15
  22. GOP Inbreeding
  23. If you want to know what’s ahead for America, look north to Canada
  24. trajectories and closed loops
  25. “21 Thoughts” by Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the father of modern genetics
  26. How America Is Inured to Violence and Immorality
  27. The Tree of Life
  28. We Need To Change The Way We Deal With Abortion
  29. The Problem with Pro-life Politics
  30. Mis-shaped fruit is just as good for you
  31. Will America listen to this baby’s story?
  32. Abortion Rants From A Pro-Abortionist
  33. Why I’m Pro-Abortion
  34. #ShoutYourAdoption! Pro-lifers fight back against repulsive pro-abort hashtag [pics]
  35. How do Pro-Lifers care for the born? Let me count the ways….
  36. Abortion Advocacy Is Extremisim
  37. The #StandWithPP Roundup: Shutdown Narrowly Averted
  38. Court Rules to Keep Clinic Open
  39. When Choice Is Not An Option
  40. Anti-Abortion Attackers & Protesters of Planned Parenthood Exposed (Resources)
  41. I agree with Karl du Fresne… but not in the way you think
  42. Forensic Analysis Shows the Real Planned Parenthood Scandal Is the Videos Themselves | The Nation
  43. Rep. Elijah Cummings is Ready to FIght for Women
  44. Media Release: Politicians Must Act Now
  45. Why We Need to Talk About Later Term Abortions
  46. 4 November 2014. This Is Why I Oppose ALL “Personhood” Amendments Absolutely and Without Question

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Not an easy decision to make

Too many people forget in what for a difficult situation a female person may be placed when she has to choose what to do with what is growing inside her body.

Previously, before the moment the where confronted with something coming in them, they perhaps had to undergo already a lot of suffering which caused them to close their heart,

for the fear that they live in, and for all of things that they are missing out on because their hearts are hurting so much that they cannot accept the love that they are offered. {Though the words were not written about this subject, we have taken the liberty to use this beautiful phrase from the nice writing: The Sound of a Breaking Heart}

Human fetus at eight weeks. According to Catho...

Human fetus at eight weeks. According to Catholics, the debates on abortion make the human embryo and fetus signs of contradiction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The person involved in a tragedy may well realise that the answer to her questions about the horrific slaughter of innocent people is linked to hardened hearts, but she does not want to harden her heart, because it is hurt. In herself her heart is crying, crying out loud; But not many do seem to understand her crying.

She feels the reality that

the ones who need love most are the ones who ask for it in the least loving ways, {The Sound of a Breaking Heart}

But love is often broken by heartless people, who do not mind to show their ‘higher power’.

Having been hurt ones or even more than one time, now she would get her feelings hurt a lot. And it is not that she would know better and know that while some people still aren’t aware of the love that they are capable of, she does know that we should all be capable of loving to great measures. But then why does not show the world that comprehension and love?

Though she might understand that every human heart is prone to corruption – her own included, she does not understand why so many point a finger at her, wishing to condemn her to hell.

Have those who criticise the made decision having thought what they themselves would do if they were raped or would be a victim of incest, or would be confronted with congenital malformation of the foetus?

It is so easy to condemn but so the more difficult to understand.

English: 44years old gravid female with previo...

44years old gravid female with previous 6 children, was diagnosed with carcinoma in situ of cervix (early stage cancer of womb). So total removal of uterus( woomb) considered with fetus in situ, for long life of the female. So abortion was inevitable for future health of the lady. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do those who are against abortion also think about certain cases where other matters have to be taken in account? Do they know about the many critical situations there exist for women like Ana and Aurora, two Costa Rican women who were carrying foetuses that would not survive, but which doctors did not allow them to abort.

In late 2006, a medical exam when Ana was six weeks pregnant showed that the foetus suffered from encephalocele, a malformation of the brain and skull incompatible with life outside the womb.

Ana, 26 years old at the time, requested a therapeutic abortion, arguing that carrying to term a fetus that could not survive was causing her psychological problems like depression. But the medical authorities and the Supreme Court did not authorise an abortion. In the end, her daughter was born dead after seven hours of labour.

The Collective for the Right to Decide and the Washington-based Center for Reproductive Rights brought Ana’s case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), as well as that of Aurora, who was also denied the right to a therapeutic abortion.

Her case is similar to Ana’s. In 2012, it was discovered that her fetus had an abdominal wall defect, a kind of birth defect that allows the stomach, intestines, or other organs to protrude through an opening that forms on the abdomen. Her son, whose legs had never developed, and who had severe scoliosis, died shortly after birth. {Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo}

In public hospitals in Costa Rica, like the Rafael Ángel Calderón hospital in San José, there is no protocol regulating legal therapeutic abortion, for doctors to follow. As a result, physicians restrict the practice to a minimum, leaving women without their right to terminate a pregnancy when their health is at risk. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS

In public hospitals in Costa Rica, like the Rafael Ángel Calderón hospital in San José, there is no protocol regulating legal therapeutic abortion, for doctors to follow. As a result, physicians restrict the practice to a minimum, leaving women without their right to terminate a pregnancy when their health is at risk. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS

The world has to be aware that there are different sorts of abortions. Though none would be preferable, sometimes animal man has to use their brains and has to understand that the Creator has given them brains and medical specialists to help them in their life. Everywhere in the world  women should have access to medical help and in case the medics do find that a choice has to be made to safe the mother they should be able to propose a legal abortion. In such instances there may be no lack of clear medical guidelines outlining when and how a legal abortion can be conducted.

It urged the Costa Rican state to draw up clear medical guidelines, to “widely disseminate them among health professionals and the public at large,” and to consider reviewing other circumstances under which abortion could be permitted, such as rape or incest.

The international pressure has grown. Costa Rican Judge Elizabeth Odio, recently named to the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, said in a Jun. 20 interview with the local newspaper La Nación that “it is obvious that therapeutic abortion, which already exists in our legislation, should be enforced.”

“There are doctors who believe therapeutic abortion is a crime, and they put women’s lives at risk,” said Odio. {Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo}

Who wants to put the woman her life at risk for trying to bring something in the light of the day which has no life chances?

The one who was raped may cry out in the dark. The one who was tortured and pressed to do something which she hated, who is going to understand and help her? In this world there are so many women who need to find a place where they can find a listening ear, a helping hand and yes sometimes people who help her to take away the spots of ‘contagion’.

For many it may be oh so easy, oh so logic, but is it really?

– a crying woman

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Preceding articles:

Whoopi Goldberg commandments and abortion

My Choice (by Jezabel Jonson)

The Real ‘Choice’

“They Told Me What I Wanted To Hear” – Real Abortion Stories

The Things We Carry, by Penny

Hillary Clinton Says Religious Beliefs About Abortion Have to be Changed

Freedom and amendments, firearms and abortions

If the baby is part of the woman’s body…

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Additional reading:

  1. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  2. Let us not forget it was God who chose us
  3. We love because he first loved us
  4. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person
  5. Inner feeling, morality and Inter-connection with creation
  6. Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America at war
  7. 2014 Human Rights
  8. American Senate ignoring many voices and tears of their own people
  9. About lions and babies
  10. Westboro Baptist Church and Catholic Truth against Nelson Mandela
  11. Always a choice
  12. The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around
  13. We all are changed into the same image from glory to glory
  14. God loving people justified
  15. A love not exempting us from trials
  16. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  17. Establish your hearts blameless in holiness
  18. Purify my heart
  19. Sow and harvests in the garden of your heart
  20. Come, walk with me and find rest for your soul
  21. I can’t believe that … (4) God’s word would be so violent
  22. Are Christadelphians so Old Fashioned?

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Further readings:

  1. Seeing Miracles In The Fog
  2. a fictional story about the effects of abortion committed years ago: Nancy’s Abrotion
  3. Video Facebook: I am Not your nut rag
  4. The Road to Matrimony… A Preamble!
  5. Ohio Man Gets Life Terms For CSA
  6. Letter I Won’t Send
  7. The Lasting Effects Of Child Abuse
  8. 19 year old girl from wood be kidnapers and winds up getting in to her life a little too deep
  9. 14 Children Of Divorce On How It’s Affected Their Views On Love & Relationships
  10. Unexpected Triggers
  11. The Church – Trigger Warning- Poetry on Incest
  12. College Rule #22
  13. What Did Trauma Do To You?
  14. Lose My Everything
  15. I pledge allegiance to the secret!
  16. How to heal after childhood sexual abuse
  17. Struggles
  18. Purity Ring…
  19. Pure Hatred
  20. Ready to remember?
  21. Severe trauma silenced victim
  22. A Survivor Talks to Incest Offenders (And Others)
  23. How Many Incest Offenders Do You Think You Know
  24. What Incest Has Caused in My Adulthood
  25. Focus on: Rape – What is Rape?
  26. I Don’t Think About Them
  27. Father rapes 11 year old daughter and impregnates neighbour’s daughter
  28. I should be happy
  29. Love Leaps
  30. Beauty and the beast
  31. ~Because you are Special~ Innocence Lost!
  32. Guys This Was So Scary!
  33. Raping innocence
  34. What we can learn from sexual sin of Bible heroes (podcast)
  35. thirteen
  36. Published today – Indecent exposure
  37. The Rape of Sweden
  38. Rape: we are all at risk
  39. Rape, Period
  40. Review: Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
  41. Stop Burning Rape Survivors at the Stake
  42. Newly Married Woman #Gang #Raped by 6 Men in Assam
  43. Cries from India
  44. ‘Calculated, depraved, evil,’ HIV positive Harrisburg man charged with rape of 6-year-old
  45. 4 Forgotten Cases Of Satanic Rape And Murder That Turned Out To Be ‘Satanic Panic’
  46. It Does Not End There…
  47. How to Date a Rape Survivor – Latest Article for Vice Broadly
  48. A Mother’s Son: Breaking the Cycle of Racial-Sexual Violence.
  49. Judge upholds conviction for Owen Labrie in prep school rape case
  50. To My Niece On Her Birthday
  51. Rearview Mirror
  52. White Male Bibliobloggers and “rape threats as a matter of course”
  53. Controversy over Rape Advice?
  54. So bloody angry…
  55. KS Eshwarappa, My Sweet Summer Child
  56. Was it rape? Does it matter?
  57. Thanks a Lot, Mr. Cosby: The Huxtable Legacy and the Black American Identity Crisis
  58. Laura Bates talks feminism
  59. Consent: it’s this simple.
  60. Debunking the Mythologies of Rape
  61. The depth of misery
  62. Innocence Lost (Caution: Mature Content)
  63. India shamed by sexual violence
  64. One in seven females experience serious physical or sexual violence at university.
  65. What Do Women Want?

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