food fucks food — it’s a murder story with all sorts of dastardly deeds : copyright 1992

food fucks food — it’s a murder story with all sorts of dastardly deeds : copyright 1992
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you see, the food wars, which are ceaseless forever, are going to take over the drug wars and the energy wars, which have held sway, naturally, as the piscean age closed.

in the piscean age, the model for energy exchange was two fish with their mouths hooked together and a line of wire between them. the symbolic meaning is that the two fish, independent from one another, but bound in mortal opposition, would seek the extremes. one fish would swim into the depths and race downward while the other fish moved toward the light and swam toward the surface. when the tension on the line binding them together reached its limit, the two fish would both be jerked back toward the center point of the fishing wire that enslaved them. that moment was witnessed again and again throughout the age and is documented by the notion of the hero — the exultation of the individual ideal, the king, the messiah and the personal jesus, the social martyr and the bombers, the suicidal rock stars and the geek computer lords…

but the aquarian age is marked by a completely different symbol.

the lines of energy have been detached from an object of any kind — the metaphor is two zig zag lines which move in parallel union.

so instead of moving in opposite directions, the energy, like two strokes of simultaneous lightning, race in one direction together like a skier on a slalom course.

the speed at which the new age will move will be much faster and it won’t be constantly returning to the same points of fear and destruction that the piscean age was plagued with for two millenniums.

however, the aquarian symbol is known as the "water bearer".
and many people mistake aquarius for being a water sign.
it is not a water sign.
the person who carries water is not the water.
they are a messenger warning us of the value of what is carried.

and, technically, this messenger is to prepare the simple message — the next age, the age of capricorn, is the age of the machine, the robotic era where new life is only redefinition and unknowable from this age.

aquarius is the stabilized air sign. it is about intelligence and mental dexterity.

so this is a call to all who feel like the oppression of the piscean age resulted in a mental explosion of strength and power.

the food wars need every great mental intelligence to choose a side and enter the war/race against the oppositional powers which would seek to impose chemical and nutritional and spiritual genocide on others.

the best way to really join the war is to change your own personal diet and turn your attention to better breathing. this simple shift, if practiced over time, will also affect every aspect of your personal perspective. you will be drawn into the strategies of this war which are every where around us in their invisible, but dominant and suggestive states.

and remember, the rate at which lawyers are proliferating in this country is a terrible sign.

the art of manipulating the law is and has always been an abomination in civil societies. at first, it seems necessary for making sure an innocent woman or man is not falsely imprisoned, etc.

but we really don’t need many lawyers for that, do we?

so lawyers end up taking their twisted, evil, selfish and anti-human techniques of mental and litigious coercion and schooling into the social work place and leisure place. they start imposing their training in areas that have NOTHING to do with protecting people.

here’s a map that depicts some of the realistic statistics about how the cult of "lawhood" has infected this country. since 2001 there has been a 17% increase in the creation of these mentally damaged humans.

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check it out and then ask yourself, should humans be "legally" allowed to be trained to be lawyers? if you look closely at this article, many of these lawyers are going to be jobless soon. what will they then do with their wicked mental training skills? the answer is obvious, they will take it into every work force/field and start using it against their coworkers.

and i’m going to assume that many of us are aware how badly injured a company or corporation can be if the levels of infighting adversely damage the holistic entity. no matter how good your ideas/products/services are, division within the ranks can permanently keep the greatest gifts of the human consciousness from blessing the species.

Stacia’s story, in words and picture

Stacia’s story, in words and picture
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Morning Stories podcasts bring people together. Read Stacia’s story –

hello gentleman,
i have been a fan of your podcast for the last few months, and . . .. two of your recent stories have changed my life. betsy bunn’s marshall jr and louise and erica ferencik’s behind the blue ribbon . i just wanted you to know the story.

for the last 12 years i have been carrying around a ball of guilt and hatred for a person with whom i had a relationship in high school. all of the terrible things that can happen between two hormonally charged teens who think they are adults happened, leaving me hurt, confused and lonely. for many years i have said that if i ever saw him again i would, at the very least read him the riot act, and at the very worst physically hurt him just so he could know what i felt like all these years. i told myself that doing so would bring me closure.
i listened to behind the blue ribbon and must have listened to the opening introduction 50 times. "so often when we talk about closure what we really mean is getting revenge. " that made me think about my definition of closure and how wrong i might be. i did want closure on that chapter but i didn’t even know how to define closure much less achieve it.

the next weeks podcast brought marshall jr and louise: "if there is anything that is primarily important in the world it is the ability and willingness to be part of each other’s lives. i don’t think we try very hard. i wonder if we ever will." those words brought me to tears. i literally sat down on the curb and cried for almost a half an hour. i realized that he probably did the best he could have and it simply wasn’t enough, my best at that time simply wasn’t good enough. we were hurt and broken children forced to make decisions that were light years ahead of our maturity.

later that week i was online at the popular site myspace, when i accidentally clicked on the link for our high school. the first name that came up was his. "the ability and willingness to be part of each others lives" rang in my ears. i sent him a cautious email and the reply was genuine. we emailed several times over a couple of days and finally my phone rang. it was him. we hadn’t spoken in nearly 12 years but i still remembered the sound of his voice, he said i sounded the same as well. then what was said next changed my life. "i have been looking for you for years, to tell you one thing. i am sorry for what happened. for the last 10 years if anyone said your name or a name even close to yours i felt myself get hot, like i had just been sent to the principal’s office. i have thought about you and what happened every day and i am sorry." with that i got my closure. i got to tell him how i felt, he got to tell me, we both understood, we were both at peace. the past stopped haunting me as it has him. i found the scared hurt boy that i knew had grown up to be a wonderful caring person who is passionate about life and making a difference in the world.

i just wanted to thank you for your show and for the profound difference it has made in my life. not only have i gotten the closure i needed i have also gained a new old friend. we have talked or emailed nearly every day since then and have plans to meet up again as soon as we can. thank you for changing my life.

stacia

5/10/06
Re: just thought you should know

Stacia, I was moved by your story and your response to Betsy’s words and to what I said about Erica. I would like to read parts of your letter in an upcoming podcast

Thank you for responding to our stories with one of your own.

All the best, Tony Kahn

8/7/06
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tony
this is stacia again, several weeks ago you broadcast a letter of mine. the one about the guy from high school that i had a very complicated relationship with and made contact with after hearing "behind the blue ribbon" and "marshal jr and louise". we have continued to talk every day since we made contact and it has been a wonderful gift in my life. i just wanted to let you know that we will be meeting up a week from today in chicago. it will be the first time in over 12 years that we will see each other face to face. i can’t wait. i hope to be able to send along some pictures of the reunion so you can put a face to the letter. i just wanted to thank you again for your podcast.
thank you for what you do
always
your loyal listener
stacia

9/13/06
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Stacia, hi. How did the trip go? Anxious to hear.

Best, Tony

9/14/06
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tony
the trip was, well, it was wonderful but like many things in life complicated. we had five great days together and really got to know one another again. lots of trips to used record stores and one fantastic art bookstore. some really wonderful dinners at coffee houses, nicholas is vegan and it was great to eat such wonderful healthy food. although it wasn’t all twigs and bark as my dad always says, we did eat a pizza in the middle of the afternoon on a bench at the beach. i think it was the best pizza i have ever had, … and the conversation was wonderful, and healing for both of us. it was also easy and completely free flowing and usually lasted until the both of us were drifting off to sleep. i got to see his band practice and it was amazing. have you ever seen someone you care about doing something that they totally love? that moment when there seems to be light shining from them and they are totally in their place in the world? i can tell you that it is truly one of the most beautiful experiences in life.

you may be wondering where the complicated part comes into play. that would be at the airport. all the way there we talked about everything but the fact that i was leaving. when we got there it was a total madhouse, being the end of the labor day weekend. we decided that he would walk in with me but that i would check in by myself. we set my things down and hugged each other goodbye and just couldn’t seem to let go. i started to cry and nicholas kept saying ‘shh, we are going to see each other again soon, i promise. i promise not to disappear again’ and then we both said the three words that strike fear in the hearts of all, . . . ‘i love you’ funny thing was we said it at the same time.

whatever happens from here on out i do know this, i have found a truly amazing friend again and for that i am so grateful. and you had a hand in it. i plan to keep you posted from time to time if you don’t mind.

take care tony,
always
stacia

ps- this is not the best picture of either one of us but i thought that you would like to put a face to both of us. (i am the short one!!)

9/14/06
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Stacia,

It’s a privilege to be in on the news of your fresh start. I wish you guys the best. What you’ve shared is a wonderful story and I’m hoping you’ll let us offer our listeners (and readers) a chance to experience it. Would you mind if we included our correspondence (and your picture) on our web site and our site on Flickr?

All the best,

Tony

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tony

i am flattered that you want to use this story, while it seems big to me i find it amusing that the wider world finds it interesting. i guess that is the case with most people. everyone has a story to tell but they doubt that they are of interest.

take care
always
stacia

ps. tell ipswitch that they rock!!

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A chicken and egg story: tackling malnutrition in DRC

A chicken and egg story: tackling malnutrition in DRC
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Pauline Velo, president of one of the community nutrition ‘cells’ in Masi Manimba, shows off the community’s new chicken coup. Keeping a flock of chickens to lay eggs for the community to eat and sell – rather than just cooking and eating the chickens – is one of the simple ideas that the community has adopted with the help of Action Against Hunger and UK aid.

Pauline Velo is a community volunteer who, with the help of UK aid, was trained in healthy nutrition techniques by Action Against Hunger. She now passes on her training to families in the town of Masi Manimba, in western DR Congo’s Bandundu Province.

Background

Acute malnutrition is a major public health problem across the Democratic Republic of Congo. UK aid has supported the government of DRC and aid agencies including Action Against Hunger to provide emergency nutrition response programmes across DRC in 2010 and 2011.

In some areas, the communities have taken the ideas that Action Against Hunger brought to them, and organised themselves to tackle malnutrition from the ground up – by forming their own co-operative farms and self-support groups.

Read the full story at

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Feast for 10 Nutritious Story Time

In this story, a family shops, prepares and eats a meal together. Use this video to help your child talk about which healthy foods they like to eat, how they can help you in the kitchen and sharing mealtime together. Practice counting to ten and get some exercise at the same time. Nutritious Story Time was created for WIC clients by the Florida WIC Program. Navajo County Health Educators present this story to Headstart and Kindergarten students throughout the Arizona county.

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Frustratingly, too, we can also find ourselves able to build vivid memory pictures of events that occurred decades ago, but incapable of remembering what we had for breakfast. This is because the brain creates very different kinds of memories — and in mid-life some of our memory systems can become weaker than others.

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By JOHN NAISH
Last updated at 9:17 AM on 13th January 2012

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Senior moments? Forget them. Now it’s middle-aged muddle we must worry about. Scientists last week declared that our ability to remember everyday things such as names and numbers starts to go at the tender age of 45.

But before you resign yourself to spending the second half of your life as a mental basket-case, there is positive scientific news, too.

For memory is a strange and complex thing, as this guide to the mind makes clear…
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—– First the bad news…

Last week’s study of more than 7,000 Whitehall civil servants revealed how our power of recall starts to decline earlier than previously thought. Men and women suffered the same 3.6 per cent loss in memory power between the ages of 45 and 49, revealed the ten-year study published online in the British Medical Journal.

Fears about age-related memory loss are hardly new. Plato wrote that when a man grows old, he ‘can no more learn much than he can run much’. But evidence of problems in mid-life is worrying because these may be the first signs of a condition called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). This is an accelerated loss of memory power that can, in about half of cases, turn out to be the first early sign of Alzheimer’s. Scientists believe that Alzheimer’s can begin in the brain two or three decades before serious symptoms appear.

More…

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Vitamin B and folic acid ‘boosts memory in pensioners’

Nicotine patches ‘can slow mental decline’ and improve the memory of elderly people, study shows
Struggle to get out of your chair? Puffed-out on the stairs? Could you be growing old before your time?

I don’t believe it! We’re NOT a nation of Victor Meldrews… because the older we get the HAPPIER we are, study reveals

Regardless of our Alzheimer’s risk, though, we all seem to suffer some loss of mental capacity from a comparatively young age. Studies show that the processing speed in our brains slows down from our 20s onwards. ‘By mid-life, most of our brains show some fraying around the edges,’ says Barbara Strauch, author of The Secret Life Of The Grown-Up Brain.

‘People’s names are often the first edge to go ragged,’ she adds. ‘But the names are not technically gone. For the most part, it’s a problem of retrieval, not storage.’ This difficulty is not caused by a simple loss of brain cells. Scientists used to think that we lost 30 per cent of our brain cells through ageing. But recent studies show that the loss is much smaller. Instead, advancing years can bring a drop in the levels of chemical messengers in our brain — called neurotransmitters. As a result, memory-power can drop, and we can also find ourselves getting distracted more easily.

Research shows that much of what we learn is not missing; it just gets misplaced. Hence that frustrating sense of ‘it’s in there somewhere,’ when names, facts and figures elude our grasp.

Frustratingly, too, we can also find ourselves able to build vivid memory pictures of events that occurred decades ago, but incapable of remembering what we had for breakfast. This is because the brain creates very different kinds of memories — and in mid-life some of our memory systems can become weaker than others.
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Wisdom of the ancients: Plato wrote that when a man grows old, he ¿can no more learn much than he can run much¿

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—– So how does your memory work?

There are several memory systems at work in the brain. One memory system comes into operation if you try to remember a place name or a phone number. Remembering things that can be expressed in language is called ‘explicit’ memory. Another memory system covers things of which you may not be consciously aware, such as how to ride a bicycle. That is called ‘implicit’ memory.

There is also short-term or ‘working’ memory and long-term memory. Short-term memory would be remembering a phone number for five minutes; long-term involves recalling it in a year’s time.
Such differences in memory types are all too familiar to Joshua Foer, an American writer and international memory champion who has honed his immediate short-term memory so well that he can recall details such as the order of a newly shuffled deck of cards.

But he admits memories that require a little more longevity are more problematic: only a few nights after he won the annual US Memory Championships in 2006, he forgot that he had driven his car into town to eat dinner. He took a train home instead.
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An MRI scan of a human head shows the brain: Short term memories are formed in the hippocampus, scientists say, but where long term memories reside remains a mystery

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Short-term and long-term memories are stored in different parts of the brain. A structure in the brain called the hippocampus is key to short-term memory. This area normally grows new brain cells throughout our lives, and is responsible for processing information and retrieving it. It is one of the major areas that are damaged by Alzheimer’s, which is why short-term memory is one of the first casualties of the disease.

Long-term memory involves many disparate parts around the brain, which are called ‘association cortices’. One current theory of memory is that the hippocampus forms short-term memories and then squirrels some of them away for long-term storage in various cupboards — the association cortices. But we don’t yet know how the brain does this.

In fact, scientists remain unsure about many details of how memories are stored and formed. Mystery also surrounds the question of how we can remember events happening in the right sequence. Recent studies have shown, however, that an area of the brain called the medial temporal lobe is crucial to recalling events correctly: people who have suffered damage to this area through strokes have trouble remembering the plots of films or even personal anecdotes in the right order.

—– Senior moment – or something worse?

In normal age-related memory loss, short-term recall is usually most affected. In moderation, this is quite healthy. It is also natural to worry that such mid-life forgetfulness is a harbinger of something more sinister, such as dementia.

The ‘aha!’ test can indicate if you should be concerned. If you forget a word temporarily, but feel that it is on the tip of your tongue, and finally recall it with a sense of ‘Aha! That’s it,’ then your reaction is healthy.
This does not tend to happen with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, where people lose that sense of recognition when a memory is right.

—– It’s not just age that ruins memory

Growing older is not the only reason that our memory power may dwindle. Our ability to remember things can also be afflicted by our lifestyles. One common problem may be stress.

Studies show that quick bursts of stressful excitement can actually benefit our memory — perhaps because our brains evolved to rally their best resources when faced with an immediate threat such as a tiger in the grass. But long-term chronic stress, the sort that can grind into us with the constant demands of busy modern life, can damage our brain’s ability form new memories.

This is because constant high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, can damage the hippocampus. Being soaked in cortisol dramatically reduces the ability of the hippocampus to produce new cells. This is linked to significant problems with concentration and memory, says research by the Stanford University scientist Robert Sapolsky.

Such difficulties can be increased because, ironically, in stressful situations we often depend more on memory for recalling certain things to help guide us through the problem.

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‘Security protection code overload’: The profusion of PINs has many worried that they are losing their memory

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More and more people are anxiously consulting medical experts about ‘problems’ with their memory, in fear that they have early signs of dementia, according to Michael Saling, a neuropsychologist at Melbourne University. But, he says, they are often just suffering from a problem that psychologists have labelled ‘security protection code overload’.

Put simply, the worried patients feel mentally overwhelmed by all the numbers, codes and operating systems that they have to know in order simply to function in a computer-dominated environment.

That can lead to the common experience of ‘PIN-number amnesia’, where you find yourself standing in front of a cash machine, your mind a fearful blank, with an impatient queue forming behind you.

—– The good news…

Stresses and strains aside, modern life has good news for middle-aged brains. Neuroscientists have recently begun to discover how the mid-life brain, rather than giving up, instead reconfigures itself in order to cope.

As researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, and elsewhere have found, people in middle age begin to use two sides of their brains where previously only one might have been employed on a task.
This is called bilateralisation.

Commenting on this research, Barbara Strauch explains that as we age, the two sides of our brains become more intertwined, letting us see bigger patterns and think more broadly. Science may even have witnessed how ‘middle-aged wisdom’ grows in the brain. It used to be thought that the brain steadily lost myelin with age.

Myelin is the white-matter fatty coating of neurons which makes the connections in the brain work well by enabling electrical signals to travel through the brain quickly and efficiently — rather like the insulation on electronic wires.

When myelin withers, we may forget the names of people we’ve just met, or details of how to get to a new address.

New research shows that in mid-life, most of the myelin loss occurs in parts of the brain responsible for learning new things. The parts responsible for long-term memory show no such loss.

That would account for why we have trouble with new memories as we age, but not with our core knowledge. And something else has been found to happen — the level of myelin around people’s brains can continue to grow late into middle age.

Harvard University scientists who have witnessed this say that it may be a physical sign of the growth of ‘middle-aged wisdom’, where accumulated knowledge is being collated and networked more efficiently by the white matter.

—– How to protect your memory

Fortunately, health researchers believe there are ways in which we can significantly help to preserve our memory in later life.

The key is to stave off the sort of physical decline that can lead to mental decline and dementia. Dr Anne Corbett, of the Alzheimer’s Society, says: ‘Preventing dementia is all about everyday healthy living.

‘We have strong evidence for what medical conditions increase your risk. They are high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol and depression. If you have these in mid-life onwards you are at higher risk of developing dementia.’

The human brain is the most complex piece of thinking equipment that has ever evolved. Your body is the life-support system for this very hungry piece of grey matter.
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Brain training: Just a little daily exercise, like this Zumba class, could reduce the risk of the decline of your mental abilities, many studies have shown

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While your brain constitutes only about 2 per cent of your body’s mass, it uses more than a fifth of its energy production. Efficient supply and maintenance are vital. If your physical health declines, your brain — and its sophisticated systems of memory — are at serious risk of following suit.

Just taking a little more daily exercise could make a huge difference for millions of people. ‘More than 13 studies show that exercise can reduce risk by up to 45 per cent,’ says Corbett. ‘Evidence shows that the exercise does not have to be strenuous to have this benefit: it can involve active walking for around 30 minutes a day, three times a week.

‘The exercise just has to raise the heartbeat by a little, making you feel slightly breathless.’
‘Exercising’ your brain with expensive computerised ‘brain-training games’ will not provide any real benefit, though, says Dr Corbett. Studies show that you may get better at playing the games themselves, but the benefits go no farther, she explains. It is the same with crosswords and Sudoko. They should be enjoyed for themselves, rather than taken as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise.
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Ginko biloba: A study of more than 3,000 adults found that it made no difference at all to memory retension

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And beware any claim about how any single food can boost your memory, says Corbett. Only last year, an important report in the Journal of the American Medical Association punctured the idea that the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba is a brain-saver. The study of more than 3,000 adults found that it made no difference at all.

Adopting broader healthy-eating habits can, however, significantly reduce the risk of dementia. A range of studies indicates that Mediterranean-style diets work best, as they are low in fat and salt and high in oily fish.

Avoiding junk food can have real benefits, too. A study last month in the respected journal Neurology found people with junk diets high in complex ‘trans-fats’ are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s than those who consume less of the artery-damaging fats.

There is another compelling reason why healthy eating can boost your memory: it helps to keep your weight in trim. People who are obese in middle age are 74 per cent more likely to develop dementia compared with those of normal weight, according to a 27-year study of more than 10,000 men and women in the British Medical Journal.

Laboratory studies conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found that caffeine strengthens brain connections. Drinking two cups of coffee a day appears to boost electrical activity between neurons in the hippocampus. The scientists say stronger connectivity means better learning and memory.

—– Memory plays tricks on us all

No matter how good our powers of memory, they can all be fooled. Because, whatever our age, memory is a slippery thing that can be grossly misleading.

A survey of 1,500 people last August by the University of Illinois found that most of us think that human memory is as reliable as a video camera that records information precisely. Moreover, around half of us think that our memories never change.

But scientific research shows the opposite is true. Even our most closely held recollections can completely change without us noticing.

Researchers who study how people remember momentous events have discovered that although people will swear faithfully that they remember exactly what they were doing when they first heard news of the event, their memory is wrong in about a third of cases.

John Seamon, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Wesleyan University, Connecticut, has studied this phenomenon and says that, oddly, it is possible that the more frequently we recall an event, the less accurately we remember it.

His research suggests that when we use our minds to recall a particular memory, we do not go back to the event itself, but rather to the last time we remembered it. Each recollection adds new flaws and reinforces previous flaws. Eventually, we settle on a version that we subsequently consider to be gospel truth.

‘This is not done on a conscious level,’ Seamon believes. ‘But people are figuring out: “Where was I?
What is the story I’m going to tell about this event?”’

After about a year of doing this, he says, the memory — including the false elements — solidifies and becomes the person’s constant ‘truth’.

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