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We are all astronauts on spaceship Earth. It's funny that we think of space as being out there but it is also right here. We are in space flying around on this planet. To anyone outside they would look at us as we look at Mars or beyond. We are in space. A select few have had the privilege to look back at the Earth from a distance and be affected by having done this. 

"When you're finally up at the moon looking back on Earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you're going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?" 
Frank Borman Apollo 8 

A couple of things have come to mind recently regarding this. Somehow, these astronauts have experienced something that has given them an explanation for the world and why we are here and how we should live. I think you'd be a strange kind of human to not be changed by such an experience but they do seem to have found it to be a very spiritual and uplifting moment in their lives. Also humbling. 

"It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small."
Neil Armstrong

Having had this experience and having spoken about it widely, how come the world has not paid them any attention? How come the world continues down the same path it always has? Either the world chooses not to listen to their words of wisdom or it chooses to ignore them.
Another thing which probably touches me more deeply is that I have always believed in the power of pictures. Many of you know that I try very hard to inject feeling and emotion into my photographs. It may not always be easy to spot this :lol: but when I am standing on a mountainside captivated by the beauty before me I want some of that feeling of magic and captivation to be in the picture I create so that you might have a chance to feel like I felt at that moment. You probably will never get to stand where I was standing so this is your chance to experience it and, if I have done my job right, you will feel something of what I felt. I honestly never take snap shots. I don't get too bogged down in techniques and technical skills, though I can call on them when required. My photography is quite intuitive and emotional. This brings me back to the subject of the astronauts. Some of the pictures of the Earth are just stunning. They really touch me as I think is only right. They tell me about the beauty of the planet and it's fragility and how it needs to be looked after. And, in these pictures you can't see all the bad stuff going on in the world. I just would have hoped that these pictures would have had a bigger effect on the world, it's people and it's leaders. To make them see how lucky we are to have this planet to live on and how lucky we all are just to have a life to live. Am I wrong though? Do I put too much store in the power of pictures? 
Few people could say that war is a good thing after looking through some of the photographs of the great war photographers. Many famine situations have been helped enormously by the powerful and heart wrenching  photographs published. History is shown in pictures whether photographs or not. Maybe the picture is still a powerful thing. I do hope so. Maybe the ideas of planet Earth seen from a distance are just too big to cope with? Maybe the other things work because they are on a more personal level. I don't know. That could be it. Maybe thinking of the planet on such a wide scale is just too big for people to cope with? Well, I hope they start to cope with it soon. It is a fragile planet and we are not taking care of it. 

"Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the Earth was, my God that little thing is so fragile out there."
Mike Collins Apollo 11

If we could all just see ourselves as astronauts and then see as the astronauts see, there would be more hope. 

One of the reasons I found myself thinking along these lines is a recent series of images from :iconbindii: which I have found captivating. You will find them shortly in my feature. 
Speaking of my feature........(nice link Lawrence) here are some pictures that have caught my attention recently. I have had a little time to look over the last few days as I have the flu. Whilst I know this will pass I am still a bad patient. Being ill just is not my thing. So anyway, it has given me more time to look at dA and watch TV so it's not all bad. 
Here we are then. Sit back and enjoy some stunning artwork made by some simply stunning artists :hug: That means you, and you and you...you...you..................all of you :hug:

146 - Into Oblivion by ElyneNoir    145 - Tiny Tree by ElyneNoir    Look at this beautiful lake by Caillean-Photography    Wintery scene by thefirebomb    my paths XII by JoannaRzeznikowska

Hope by mockingbirdontree   Living On The Edge by Mouselemur  WInterwonderland by Fiograph   I know I can smell it by gigi50  Winter Morning by Nelleke 

My hanami... by Omoidenoki  King and his men by MaciejKarcz   Feb 2 2018 by bindii   northern gingerbread cookies by 4ajka  There Will Always Be A Door To The Light by 33M  

Hindsight by BWilliamWest   And when the rain.. by OliviaMichalski  Fuchsia for Life by TeaPhotography  Love in Any Language by TeaPhotography  It's winter out there by phalalcrocorax  Magicians Palace by GrimDreamArt 

Pasterze by MarvinDiehl  Fire Storm by richardcgreen   Beloved by saperlipop   The eternity of passing time... by Omoidenoki   NEW PROFILE PICTURE, JUNI 2017 by IME54-ART  

KASHMIR by nehab16   Happy Birthday Michael by 1001G   God And Country by Trippy4U  Instaeyes by IdaBarracuda  End of winter by rougealizarine 

Va fail, elaine... v2.0 by Aenea-Jones  Blanca II by RawPoetry   February seashore by Pajunen  Celtic Cross at Gt Bealings, Suffolk, England by LewisKocher 

Nature Love by tango793   Top Hat and Tails by Cozmia  Summer. ...58 by gintautegitte69  Little Monster 3 by pillendrehr  Crocus Heart by AlicesPlace 

One more Sunrise by dashakern   Giglio Island Castle by Nataly1st   Purple passion by MEP4Photography  Adios, Cuba, mi amor... by dashakern 

My steampunk valentine by Sweetlylou  Winter Creek by Pajunen   The snowflake by gigi50  Industrial Ghost LXV by Trippy4U 

Paulina by fairyladyphotography  The night concert by SecretDarTiste   Macro Worlds by IndigoSummerr  Water paths by Annabelle-Chabert  Blue Swedish Eyes. by KarinClaessonArt 

P a p a v e r  r h o e a s by ColorfulLadybug   Motherland Chronicles #18 - Julia by zemotion    On my way to ... by ansdesign   Fairy Valentine by LewisKocher   Crush by Metal-Bender     Bookends by Yuukon  

Feb 1 2018 by bindii   St Joseph Lighthouse by Jules49442  Night fairy by AncaXBre  Silent Ways by Woman-of-DarkDesires   Frida by bohomaz13  

Ersfjordbotn - it's snowing by LunaFeles  Moccasin Lake, Oregon by artistwilder 

Alpinre Splendor by artistwilder   Mammoth Hot Springs in the mist 2 by CitizenFresh  View From Vermillion by artistwilder    Mother Nature by Sophia-Eowyn 

rising by IreneHorvath  The Climb by erene   midwest weed by fotomademoiselle   Under the mountains by xBajnox   Hollyhocks by rougealizarine 

Seascape II by MarcosRodriguez  Mask of the Goddess by fillemazendacus  Paralipsis by aspruli  Memories of a Winter Morning by annewipf 

Aslan Wooden Box Lid Woodburning Pyrograph 01 by snazzie-designz      Duality by EvaPolly      Feb 2018 by bindii     134 - Isolation by ElyneNoir     An old water tower in Piotrowice by sanderus 

Next finish by Ullyssess   Quiet dying in the winter III by VesnaRa014   AIRTRAMS Bytom 2 by sanderus  One of those weeks by SilverMixx  Lormet-zoo-0702S9-sml by Lormet-Images 

Rough Lands by eegariM   Lemon tea (Really Hot) by dinabelenko   Fighter by Metal-Bender   Keen eye by Nikki-vdp   Cathedral Cove   New-Zealand by gwenoder  Reaching out by Melusine8  

Giant Puddle by eegariM   Nina by Trippy4U   Valley of flowers by ElenaDudina  On the Caledonian Channel by MaresaSinclair 

Dead End by VBmonkey26   Fading Autumn V. by realityDream   Fog 2 by mugurelm   Before The Rain by Lora-Vysotskaya

Dive by Alannah-Hawker   Full Moon by Crannogphotographic   Bench by LidiaRossana    Slavic Hut by GrimDreamArt  a little photo booth series by Rona-Keller  The winter gathering by rollarius55 

The Zen Of Total Concentration by 33M  Idyllic Landscape. by LunaFeles  Spying on the winter by streamweb   .:A Good Catch I:. by RHCheng  #02 Home Forest by Teescha-Rinn  

Time To Scoot! by Lora-Vysotskaya   The world upside down by Maria-Schreuders   Dreaming by AStoKo   Jan 2018 4 by bindii  A gaze to the world ... by ansdesign 

Long for the woods by csillabold  The observer by MaaykeKlaver  Fade To Grey by AntonioGouveia  Chandratal Lake by nimitnigam

Kafjorden I by sHavYpus   The Heavens And The Earth by SvenMueller  Blue Night II by raysheaf 

   Fallen Comrade by aw-landscapes   A Journey to the Mountains by m-eralp  next morning.. by AlicesPlace   3-D Tracking Photography by SAMLIM 

I hope you enjoyed this selection. You have all been very busy which makes choosing harder. 
So, if looking at the bigger picture is hard we can start small. Look at how we are affecting the planet as individuals and try to be better. Also remember we are all astronauts on this spaceship so we need to take care of each other. There is so much bad stuff going on we can at least look after each other. 
Spread the love and let your creative juices flow. Let beauty and creativity and love be your legacy. I hope it will be mine. 
As always, my love to you all. :hug: :heart:
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eegariM Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Nice write-up as always Lawrence. And the answer to your first question is simple: People ignored it. Lots don't have access to the information, lots don't care, lot's can't comprehend when they haven't experienced something themselves etc. You only change the world with a message if the proletarians have it very, very bad and you hit the right spot at the right time.

And thanks for the feature! :)
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Artist
Lawrence -- many thanks for this great collection of art. 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Philip :)
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
Wonderful feature... thank you for your thoughts and for including me as well :bow:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome dear EvaPolly :hug: 
Im glad you enjoyed it :)
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ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing this beautiful journal with us Lawrence and thank you for the feature! :rose:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Isabelle :) 
It's my pleasure :hug:
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sHavYpus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018   General Artist
Marvelous, absolutely breathtaking collection! Thanks for including me in it :heart:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :D
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beatrice Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
Thank you! I found some great galleries! 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :D
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VesnaRa014 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018
L O V E Coffee by KmyGraphic     Thank You!! by LOVEMAYU  
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome dear Vesna :hug:
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MaaykeKlaver Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing this treasure chest. I found some new faves myself! I feel honoured that you included a picture taken by me.
Aaand I agree on the space perspective, thank you for writing it down. Living down on the earth, emerged in daily life, it is not always easy to see the larger perspective. Thank you for sharing!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Maayke :) I'm glad you enjoyed my journal and feature.
Thank you for letting me know :) from one astronaut to another :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018   Photographer
Thank you Lawrence!

Get well soon!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome Monique. 

I am am hoping to get well. This is really taking a long time. 
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah, sorry to hear you've had the flu. Yuck! :ill: I hope you recover quickly and fully.
I loved what you wrote. It's such a complex and interesting bunch of emotions, yeah? And I think it's particularly interesting to read from a male's perspective. Many men don't feel comfortable sharing (I know I know, I'm stereotyping here- sorry- but still, you're being open and honest which is a rarity these days among guys). I too find photography highly personal and emotive, even if it's a photograph of a couch you can be sure that it has some sort of meaning to me. I used to write in the comment section about each photo and what it meant to me, until I realized nobody really cares. :XD: Most people look at a photo and attach their own emotion to it. And that's that. Anyways, thanks for sharing. Loved your perspective and lovely features, as always. Pixel: Rainbow Heart 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Alisha :hug:
well Ive always been pretty open. 
I am always aware that any picture I look at has been created by someone and that it will mean something to that person. If it also means something to me then we have made a connection. It is these connections that are the magic of this whole process. 
Im glad you enjoyed my writing :)
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Mocris Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Get well soon!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Monica. :)
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The power of pictures is very real and will always be so.

Hope you're recovering well from the flu, I caught it too and it is not an easy one. Get well soon!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
It's not a great flu to catch this year is it? Very unpleasant. 
I hope you are also feeling better now too :)

I hope the power of pictures will always be very real :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2018   Photographer
Wishing you a speedy recovery!:sun:Thank you so much for including my work in your lovely feature Lawrence!Free Galaxy Icon 2 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Peggy 
and thank you :)
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018   Photographer
You're very welcome Lawrence!:iconbutterflyplz:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
I think it's one of most stunning entries in your journal, dear LJ! You go like a real Space Child. :) (Smile) Indeed, i think everyone who travelled far across the continents (it's so easy these days) can feel how small and fragile earth really is. Sometime it make my heart shrink with strange feeling of tenderness to the planet and to all the lifes living on there, cause i suddenly realize how small we are.  I can see the concept of your current collection and i love it as well as the beautiful artworkss you featured. Thank you a lot for your kind and thoughtful words; the best thing we can as artists is, i think, to focus the attention on the questions of humanity. It doesn't mean for me to act as humans in relation to other humans only, but to all living creatures and to planet itself. Sorry for too many words, but your post has touched me deeply. Thank you. 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for your words dear Anna :hug:
Im glad you enjoyed my journal and feature. I find it hard to understand how people can't see how important it is to look after our planet. It is the only one we've got. 
Thank you for being so compassionate a human being. :hug:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your kind and openminded way of thinking. Hug 
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1001G Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018
havent had a chance to read this yet but in the meantime ty so so so much sir lawerence for your mention of one of mine
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome Edie :)
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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Lawrence! :wave: I hope you're feeling better from your flu. 😷 It doesn't always pass so quickly, but I hope your does. :Rose:

A very lovely feature, and thank you for including one of my pics. :tighthug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Maryellen :hug:
It's not a good flu to get this year. I did well to avoid it so long :lol:
Of course, you are very welcome. It gives me great pleasure to feature your pics anytime. 
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MEP4Photography Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you again. I hope you are well by now? It took me a month. :hug:
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MaresaSinclair Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Thank you for the mention and for sharing the perspective! Sorry for the late reply.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
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4ajka Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
Thank you, dear Lawrence, for your kind words, for the beautiful photos.
they are chosen with great love.
Heart rose 100px by EXOstock
I hope that the flu left you.
I wish you health and happiness!

a small astronaut from the North.:) (Smile) 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
A small cosmonaut :hug: :heart:
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tango793 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018
That's a wonderful thoughtful piece and I can't agree more with what you've said. I've often wondered those things myself, especially now with the chaos & stupidity we seem to be surrounded with.
Hope you feel better soon.
Oh yea, and thanks for adding one of my photos to your collection.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Anne :)
You are very welcome of course :D
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Caillean-Photography Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you again for featuring again one of my photos, dear Lawrence. And be sure, I feel the special mood of your pictures. They're showing the best of our spacship. :hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Diana :)
im glad you enjoyed it :hug:
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Ha ha, love the Bonzo Dog Band. Hunting tigers out in India...
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
What a great band :)
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SecretDarTiste Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this amazing feature!! I really appreciate the support! :love:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :)
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Lawrence, a wonderful journal. This description with words is exactly how I feel also. I believe empathy belongs to the artists, and their experience when witnessing the world in person is the true reason we photograph. We want others to know the joy of that moment, when the capture was made. But it's more than that too. The journey to these places we go sets out mind in a mood, and if we're lucky, other will sense that feeling as well, and experience that moment for themselves. Can't help but think of that time in 1969. Brave men, selected for their suitability to the task - but I'd bet they had a bit of artistry in them.

Great feature, wonderful words, beautiful photographs.

William D...:)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks William. I'm pretty sure those astronauts were well rounded individuals. 
It annoys me that in the UK they are slowly removing the arts and history from the school curriculum. We will begin to have generations of kids growing up who are not being given an experience wide enough to make them broad minded human beings. They will all be scientists if our government gets their way. 
As you say, it seems to be the artists who are the compassionate ones. That is not to say there are no compassionate scientists, of course there are, but you can see the trend and what they are trying to do. Everyone leaves school,exactly the same, with the same skills only suitable for the generic job market. No room for any imagination, creativity or personal development.
It does cause me concerns. 
Once again thank you William 
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