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How Would the World Change If We Found Alien Life?







Excerpt from space.com
By by Elizabeth Howell

In 1938, Orson Welles narrated a radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" as a series of simulated radio bulletins of what was happening in real time as Martians arrived on our home planet. The broadcast is widely remembered for creating public panic, although to what extent is hotly debated today.

Still, the incident serves as an illustration of what could happen when the first life beyond Earth is discovered. While scientists might be excited by the prospect, introducing the public, politicians and interest groups to the idea could take some time.

How extraterrestrial life would change our world view is a research interest of Steven Dick, who just completed a term as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair of Astrobiology. The chair is jointly sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and the John W. Kluge Center, at the Library of Congress. 


Dick is a former astronomer and historian at the United States Naval Observatory, a past chief historian for NASA, and has published several books concerning the discovery of life beyond Earth. To Dick, even the discovery of microbes would be a profound shift for science.

"If we found microbes, it would have an effect on science, especially biology, by universalizing biology," he said. "We only have one case of biology on Earth. It's all related. It's all DNA-based. If we found an independent example on Mars or Europa, we have a chance of forming a universal biology."

Dick points out that even the possibilities of extraterrestrial fossils could change our viewpoints, such as the ongoing discussion of ALH84001, a Martian meteorite found in Antarctica that erupted into public consciousness in 1996 after a Science article said structures inside of it could be linked to biological activity. The conclusion, which is still debated today, led to congressional hearings.

"I've done a book about discovery in astronomy, and it's an extended process," Dick pointed out. "It's not like you point your telescope and say, 'Oh, I made a discovery.' It's always an extended process: You have to detect something, you have to interpret it, and it takes a long time to understand it. As for extraterrestrial life, the Mars rock showed it could take an extended period of years to understand it."


ALH84001 Meteorite
The ALH84001 meteorite, which in a 1996 Science publication was speculated to be host to what could be ancient Martian fossils. That finding is still under dispute today.

Mayan decipherments

In his year at the Library of Congress, Dick spent time searching for historical examples (as well as historical analogies) of how humanity might deal with first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization. History shows that contact with new cultures can go in vastly different directions.

Hernan Cortes' treatment of the Aztecs is often cited as an example of how wrong first contact can go. But there were other efforts that were a little more mutually beneficial, although the outcomes were never perfect. Fur traders in Canada in the 1800s worked closely with Native Americans, for example, and the Chinese treasure fleet of the 15th Century successfully brought its home culture far beyond its borders, perhaps even to East Africa.

Even when both sides were trying hard to make communication work, there were barriers, noted Dick.

"The Jesuits had contact with Native Americans," he pointed out. "Certain concepts were difficult, like when they tried to get across the ideas of the soul and immortality."



A second look by the Mars Global Surveyor at the so-called Viking “Face on Mars” in Cydonia revealed a more ordinary-looking hill, showing that science is an extended process of discovery.


Indirect contact by way of radio communications through the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), also illustrates the challenges of transmitting information across cultures. There is historical precedence for this, such as when Greek knowledge passed west through Arab translators in the 12th Century. This shows that it is possible for ideas to be revived, even from dead cultures, he said.

It's also quite possible that the language we receive across these indirect communications would be foreign to us. Even though mathematics is often cited as a universal language, Dick said there are actually two schools of thought. One theory is that there is, indeed, one kind of mathematics that is based on a Platonic idea, and the other theory is that mathematics is a construction of the culture that you are in. 

"There will be a decipherment process. It might be more like the Mayan decipherments," Dick said.


The ethics of contact

As Dick came to a greater understanding about the potential c impact of extraterrestrial intelligence, he invited other scholars to present their findings along with him. Dick chaired a two-day NASA/Library of Congress Astrobiology Symposium called "Preparing for Discovery," which was intended to address the impact of finding any kind of life beyond Earth, whether microbial or some kind of intelligent, multicellular life form.

The symposium participants discussed how to move beyond human-centered views of defining life, how to understand the philosophical and theological problems a discovery would bring, and how to help the public understand the implications of a discovery.

"There is also the question of what I call astro-ethics," Dick said. "How do you treat alien life? How do you treat it differently, ranging from microbes to intelligence? So we had a philosopher at our symposium talking about the moral status of non-human organisms, talking in relation to animals on Earth and what their status is in relation to us."

Dick plans to collect the lectures in a book for publication next year, but he also spent his time at the library gathering materials for a second book about how discovering life beyond Earth will revolutionize our thinking.

"It's very farsighted for NASA to fund a position like this," Dick added. "They have all their programs in astrobiology, they fund the scientists, but here they fund somebody to think about what the implications might be. It's a good idea to do this, to foresee what might happen before it occurs."

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Mars Capsule Test Heralds New Space Age With Musk Alongside NASA




Excerpt from
bloomberg.com

The U.S. is preparing to launch the first craft developed to fly humans to Mars, presaging a second space age -- this one fueled by billionaires like Elon Musk rather than a Cold War contest with the Soviet Union. 

An unmanned version of the Orion spaceship built by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) is scheduled for liftoff tomorrow to an altitude of 3,600 miles (5,800 kilometers), the farthest from Earth by a vehicle designed for people since the Apollo program was scrapped in 1972. 

Entrepreneurs such as Musk and longtime contractors like Lockheed are helping shape the technology needed to find other homes for humanity in the solar system with an eye to one day commercializing their work. 

“These are really exciting times for space exploration and for our nation as we begin to return to the ability to fly humans to space,” said Jim Crocker, vice president and general manager of civil space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “What Orion is about is going further into space than humans have ever gone before.”
Photographer: Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a Delta IV rocket, the Orion capsule will test the riskiest systems needed to carry astronauts far beyond the moon, although its first flight will cover only about 2 percent of the 238,900-mile distance to the lunar surface.

Speed Limit

After orbiting earth twice, Orion will accelerate to 20,000 miles per hour during descent, mimicking the speeds of a craft returning from a mission to deep space. The capsule is supposed to make a parachute-cushioned splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico’s Baja peninsula. 

To explore the universe, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration must first redevelop capabilities abandoned more than 40 years ago when the U.S. shifted focus from Apollo’s lunar forays to rocketing crews a few hundred miles to low Earth orbit.
NASA has used Russian craft to reach the International Space Station since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. 

In a strategic shift, the Obama administration canceled plans to return to the moon, turning some flights to commercial companies while setting its sights -- and limited funds -- on pioneering deep space. The Orion capsule was originally commissioned in 2006 for the defunct Constellation program.

Musk, Bezos

Those moves paved the way for technology chieftains including Musk and Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos to pursue their own space ambitions. 

Musk founded Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX in 2002 with the goal of enabling people to live on other planets, a massive endeavor that would require innovations such as reusable rocket stages to lower costs. 

Mars is also in focus for NASA as the space agency maps plans to “pioneer the space frontier,” according to a May 29 white paper.

$22 Billion

NASA proposes an initial $22 billion effort that includes two other Orion missions over the next eight years and building a powerful new rocket. The Delta IV being used tomorrow is manufactured by United Launch Alliance, a Lockheed-Boeing Co. (BA) venture.

A new Space Launch System rocket being developed by the partnership is slated to hoist the next Orion craft beyond the moon in fiscal 2018, Lockheed’s Crocker said in a phone interview. The first manned Orion mission is slated for early in the next decade.
NASA’s plans are “sketchy” beyond that, aside from broad goals to capture asteroid samples in the 2020s and reach Mars a decade later, said Marco Caceres, director of space studies with Fairfax, Virginia-based consultant Teal Group. 

Average Distance

While Mars’s distance from Earth varies because of the two planets’ orbits, the average is about 140 million miles, almost 600 times longer than a trip to the moon. It’s so far that radio communications take as long as 20 minutes to travel each way, according to Bill Hill, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for exploration systems development. 


Entrepreneurs such as Musk will have opportunities to get involved as NASA refines capsule and rocket designs. NASA plans to develop two larger rockets beyond the initial launch vehicle, which will be capable of hauling a 70-metric ton payload. 

“We’re not taking any options off the table,” Hill said. “We want to be sufficiently flexible so that if we find a new path, we can introduce it and not change course.” 

Expense, shifting political priorities and the lack of a clear NASA road map could still derail the latest effort as they did the Apollo program in the early 1970s, said Micah Walter-Range, director of research analysis with the Space Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

“All of the challenges that exist are surmountable,” Walter-Range said by phone. “It’s just a question of having the money to do it.”

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Double blast of solar storms heading to Earth raise disruption concerns



reuters.com
By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on Thursday.
Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, wouldn’t warrant special warnings, but their unusual close timing and direct path toward Earth spurred the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center to issue an alert.
The first CME, which burst from a magnetically disturbed region of the sun on Monday night, should reach Earth Thursday night, center director Thomas Berger told reporters on a conference call.
The same patch of solar real estate produced a second, more powerful storm about 1:45 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.“We don’t expect any unmanageable impacts to national infrastructure from these solar events at this time, but we are watching these events closely,” Berger said.
The sun currently is in the peak of its 11-year cycle, though the overall level of activity is far lower than a typical solar max.
Storms as powerful as the ones now making their way toward Earth typically occur 100 to 200 times during a solar cycle, Berger said.
“The unique thing about this event is that we’ve had two in close succession and the CMEs could possibly be interacting on their way to Earth, at the Earth’s orbit or beyond. We just don’t know that yet,” he said.
The highly energetic, magnetically charged solar particles could hit Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt some radio communications and degrade GPS signals, NOAA said.
The storms also have the potential to impact electric field power grids in the northern latitudes, which are more susceptible to geomagnetic disturbances.
Power grid operators and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been notified “just in case,” Berger added.
On the plus side, the storms should trigger beautiful auroral displays, visible wherever clear skies prevail along the northern tier of the United States. Aurora are caused by electrically charged solar particles hitting oxygen, nitrogen and other gases high in the atmosphere, creating curtains of light above the planet’s magnetic north and south poles.

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Solar Activity Illuminates Consciousness

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a message from Gillian MacBeth-Louthan

Wednesday, 14 March, 2012  

As we enter the turning point year 2012, Earth has been motivated and propelled forward into solar generated ascension light in the forms of solar emissi...

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European Parliament issues warnings on HAARP

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Zandt Communications Network, March 22, 2011 http://news.exopoliticsinstitute.org/index.php/archives/1126

“HAARP is a project of which the public is almost completely unaware, and this needs to be remedied.”

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Soul Transitions Vibe Report March 2010

Once again, it’s well into the month and the vibe report has been slow to come through. My guides tell me I’m being recalibrated (I’m quite sure this is happening to most of us at this time). It has felt like I’ve been moving up a spiral and I haven’t landed anywhere yet. In fact it feels like everything is suspended, and I am hanging in mid-air. Has the year 2010 started yet? What is going on? Where am I? Why do I feel like a stranger in a strange land, surrounded by what looks familiar but feels somehow different? Astrologically we are going through a time of recalibration and reassessment as we prepare for the Vernal Equinox and renewal. Clearing out the old and planting new seeds.


Check your engine

During this current transition, we may find ourselves needing more rest than usual and there have also been feelings of inertness – as mentioned last month, there’s been many moments of staring off into space and then “waking” up, wondering how long we’ve been in the void. This emptiness is part of the re-wiring process.

I’ve been hearing about people having problems with their electronic equipment (be sure to back up your computer) and car problems that are computer related. The check engine light in my car has been going on and off and I’ve been hearing of this same issue with several other people. Two weeks ago, due to severe snowstorms, I had no electricity, telephone or internet for several days. I’ve been looking into the symbolism of this and the words “power source” keep coming up. So I’ve been meditating on bringing in my Higher Self – not just in my meditation practice but whenever I think of it during my day.

On my radar

As we all know, strange weather patterns and earthquakes have been happening. And what are those spheres that showed up around the sun on the NASA SOHO sun observatory at the end of January? It is said that the spheres are as large as the Earth. Apparently the photos were removed from NASA’s website but they can be found online. Are they real? What the bleep do I know? These are things that have come across my radar – things I’ve been wondering about. Here’s another one: HAARP (which stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, and has been called America’s weapon of mass destruction). I’ve been hearing about this for years – the HAARP facility was constructed in Alaska 1993. According to Wikipedia its purpose is to analyze the ionosphere for developing “enhancement technology” for radio communications and surveillance purposes. Its Ionospheric Research Instrument is a high power transmitter which operates in the high frequency range and is used to excite areas of the ionosphere. Why? I don’t know, look it up – I’m not a scientist but am interested in all things energy related. Conspiracy theories abound, some of which have to do with this program causing earthquakes and changes in weather patterns. Last summer, here in the Hudson Valley we were inundated with rain and in some of the southern states, they were experiencing severe draught. I have to say I felt like I was living in some geek’s weather controlling learning curve!

Waves of Love

Energetically, we are receiving waves, yet again, of very strong high vibrational frequencies of love. This has been happening for quite a few years now, but the force is getting stronger and stronger. It is clearing out dense vibrational frequencies that we have stored in our energy bodies – these are related to thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are not our personal truth and so we are going through another deep cleansing process, which leaves many of us feeling like we’re in limbo. This energy is clearing the accumulation of all that is NOT us, so that we can move beyond our former limitations. This makes us feel disoriented as familiar patterns of thought are being washed away – that is, if we surrender and allow it to happen. At times this may make us feel uninspired or empty, wondering what happened to our motivation. At other times we may have a feeling of inner strength that maybe we’ve never felt before. Our deep authenticity is being given more room to grow within us as the density of false beliefs is being removed. Tune in to yourself – do you feel this “real” you beginning to shine forth more than ever before? We need to give this process time, allow ourselves to be steadfast within the rush and the flow of energy and know that the memories, images and emotions that come up are simply passing through to be released. Yes, we’ve been here before, but this is a much stronger wave of love and it’s releasing, as my friend Kelly Beard says, “the sticky stuff on the bottom.” We need to get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water.

Changing of the Guides

So where are Many of One? They are receding as I am moving forward. My good friends have assisted for many years during the shift, and now that the shift has occurred, I have crossed a threshold. I’m in a new frontier and they stand at the borderline waving goodbye. “Yes, m’dear you’re being upleveled,” they say. I don’t like goodbyes and in some way I know that Many of One are part of the “bigger” energies that are approaching. “Godspeed…On you go, welcome to the next level. New guides coming in.” I’m being graduated from kindergarten, being pushed out the door into new territory. And I am not sure where I am, but here I am so let’s see what comes through. But before I continue, check in on how you feel, for we have all crossed a threshold. Do you feel yourselves in new territory? Explore the within – remember, “As above, so below.” So as you see changes in your life, you can know that there are changes in your inner world. Also, these changes may appear to you in dreamtime, for it seems that our dreams are being activated. During the recalibration process we may not remember any dreams, but when we’re in the period of integrating the new energetic frequencies, our dreams may become quite active.

Marching Forward

When I tune into this month of March, I see myself on a beach, walking along with the ocean to my left and all around me and in front of me are huge black rock pinnacles jutting up through the sand. I walk between them and around them, moving forward, but they make it so I can’t see far ahead at all and I can’t see what’s around the corner. This speaks to staying in the moment of now. So onward I go. It’s beautiful and mysterious and the ocean is my only reference point.

The Vastness of Being

Well that was fun. Now, are you ready for a communication from the Beings of Vastness, or the vastness of your being? We are still Many of One as are all beings, but we are coming from a deeper, vaster connection in the cosmos. As you open to receive this communication, you are agreeing to connect with a High Counsel of Universal Wisdom. We will gently take you into deeper places of teachings that correspond to where you have evolved to at this time and we will attempt to carry you forward by planting seeds of wonder in your consciousness. As always, it is up to those who read these words to ascertain whether the information vibrates with you. We ask our channel to move outward from her rational mind and open the channel wider to allow information she has not considered to flow through – there is a feeling that the information will resonate with her soul as she, like most of you who read these words, is a Star Traveler, who, from a vaster perspective of her being, has seen many worlds.

We will still provide counsel for navigation through the changing, shifting energies of the physical plane but also offer a perspective that contains ancient wisdom and intergalactic connections. We invite you to listen with an open mind, an open heart and a playful imagination

Circles

Humanity is coming full circle – ancient times are coming back into the present. There have been great technologies and teachings on this planet throughout recorded and unrecorded history. And the tales of history that have been told have become distorted through time, however a vein of truth flows through all. We are the Ancient Ones come to deliver messages to you in times to come regarding those who have walked on earth before.

The noise from humanity has gotten so loud and you are being bombarded with frequencies not only from your own televisions, cell pones computers and other electronic devices, but from the frequencies of energetic experiments through technological advancement. These frequencies have created a tight web around the earth and there are frequencies being sent into the ionosphere affecting weather patterns and brain wave functioning. The ringing in the ears is part of these transmissions. Do not despair, you are here to bring back and advance your own individual power – and to realize and cultivate the power that humans have when working in groups – the power of group energy of focused thoughts and feelings. You are more powerful than your technology! You have yet to know what you are capable of doing – you are capable of shifting energetic frequencies. You do it all the time but mostly unconsciously. So you are at a time in your evolution where you are learning about directing energy through thought and feeling. There are many teachers who offer tools to do just this.

And there are messages coming through from many different channels with guidance on the importance of finding stillness within and most of all loving yourselves. The vibration of love is at one with the Creator of All Things. It is time for you all to stop criticizing yourselves, telling yourself you’re a loser, a failure, or that you’re unworthy of Divine Love or happiness. Many people have been taking desolate walks down memory lane, examining every decision made and judging them as all wrong. What you need to do is honor and bless your life, bless your past, own the knowledge that you did the best you could do, and start from where you are now in your life. Now is the only reality you know. It’s a practice, to bring yourselves back into the present moment. And then you can begin to breathe yourselves and feel yourselves forward on your paths.

Within the changes and shifts that are happening, you are being drawn to one another. Can you not feel this? There is a longing for community and as you create these circles of communities, they grow and overlap each other forming the vesica pisces and the flower of life. This is sacred geometry of harmony and balance. Contemplate the circles in your life – circles of friendships, circles of soul family connections, circles of wisdom and higher learning. There are physical circles and etheric circles – you have a circle of spirit guides – your personal posse – each with a different purpose to assist you on your path.

Remember you were chosen to come to this earth plane at this time – and you chose to be here. No one said this was going to be easy! That wasn’t why you came here. Oh no, dear ones, part of your mission is to see beyond the veil of illusion – the illusion of lies that has been fed to humanity for centuries. The lies that create the fear within and the lies that keep you separate from the Creator, from Nature and from one another. You have the energy of Divine Source flowing through you. This has been said so many times in so many ways and we will keep on saying it, for we are here to remind you of who you really are. Each of you have a uniquely personal relationship with your spiritual essence. There are so many names for this – it is called Chi, Energy, Spirit, Divine Source, God, Great Spirit. It doesn’t matter what you call it, what matters is the feeling you find within the essence – we direct you to the feeling of love and innocence. We tell you this energy is what enlivens you – it is the 21 grams that leaves the body upon physical death. This essence is within all life. As you continue to release the dense energies of fear and all the derivatives of fear, you make room for this essence to flow freely within you. And when you allow this, you feel happy, you feel innocent. You can cultivate this in daily musings or meditations. You can cultivate this while doing your favorite form of exercise or creative expression. In other words, by doing that which you love, you allow more love – more of the Divine Essence – to flow through you and then it radiates out from you and fills your aura and draws to you experiences that reflect this love and happiness. So every moment is a meditation.

As you get to know your guides you can ask them for specific help in this regard. The feelings of fear waft through the airwaves, poking at you, sometimes shoving you, doing whatever they can to get your attention and as you turn your attention towards fear it sends its tentacles within you and grows and soon you feel despair or depression – as if it will always be this way – the fear sucks hope from you. Now, it would be too easy to say “don’t give in to this energy,” for many were born with fear all around them and were fed fear from their care givers, unknowingly, because fear has been top dog here on this planet for so long. Each generation carries fear within them and the fear causes events to happen that seem to prove the fear as real. But the fear is truly not part of you. And this is one of the reasons you have come to Earth at this time – to dispel fear – to diffuse it – and of course you do this within your own being. There is no other way. We non-physical beings love you so much and we have said this time and again that we see you as brave and courageous ones for coming into this paradoxical place of polarity. We are here to assist you whenever you need it. Call forth the help you need to cast the fear out of your beings. This is the great challenge of the times you are in.

Joy, happiness, love, freedom, creative expansion and fun, fun, fun are what humanity is designed to experience! You are surprisingly resilient beings. Your blessed sense of humor is what helps you navigate the churning waters of despair. Laugh in the face of fear. Love in the face of fear. Cultivate your energetic connection with the nature spirits and with mother earth.

Another mission you have is to do this – to praise, honor and care for Mother Earth, your home. This brings us back to the circles. The Earth herself is a circle, the feminine energy is a circle. When you gather around the sacred fire, you do so in a circle. There are circles of people who are finding ways to live harmoniously upon the Earth. There are practical ways of doing so – collaboration, cultivation and composting – and there are energetic ways of doing so through ceremony. There is an individual task for each person. Vision yourselves living in community with one another in the timeless moment of now and feel into what your personal focus would be – are you one who cultivates the plants, or do you spin the plants into cloth? Are you one who feels the earth energies and communicates with the spirits that tell you where to plant and where to place your homes? Are you one who initiates ceremony or are you one who tells the stories that keeps the hearts of people aligned with love? Are you one who makes the music to heal and raise the vibration in the physical body or are you creator of visions to expand the imaginations of the people? Each of you has a gift to bring to the center of the circle. Vision your future into being.

We see you moving back into a way of living that looks like circles of families with all being parents to the little ones who are born into this world. This looks like tribes living together, but the difference is that the tribes will not be warring with each other for any reason. This is where the circles overlap into the elliptical vesica pisces. There will be a coming together in love and respect. There will be gatherings where the people will show each other what they have discovered – new ways of moving energy and new ways of creation will be gifted to humanity as you cultivate the responsibility of your energetic creations in the world.

This is a glimpse into the future – what you are growing and dreaming yourselves towards. This is a small part of what these times are leading up to. And it begins with casting off fear. The fear is an entity – a scary monster (we say this with humor) – that actually served a purpose on your evolutionary path but is no longer needed or welcome here. So each of you, in your own way, as you dissipate the fear within you and learn to not allow the fear to take root within you, are doing your part for the whole – the circle of humanity. And you have so much support in the physical and non-physical realms. As you do what you can to cast off fear, remember to fill yourselves with Light and love. You need to fill the places within you that were emptied of fear with the energy of delight. “Let de light shine within you!”

All are being called and accelerated to the vastness of your beings. You are being given a gift to rise up upon waves of light as you allow the untruths to be removed from your energy bodies. Surrender to the experience. A new day is dawning as you embody more and more light and move into the 4th and 5th dimensions and beyond, to one day fully live in your light body.

Reach out to one another – you are here to help each other and love one another.

Blessings, until we meet again.

Nancy Leilah Ward
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The Vastness of Being

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