How It Works (comparison)

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Chapter 5 < Chapter 5 > HOW IT WORKS
Rarely have we < RARELY HAVE WE > seen a person fail who has thoroughly directions followed our < path >. Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitu- tionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of way of life grasping and developing a < manner of living > which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest. Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it – then you are ready to follow directions < take certain steps >. you may balk. You may think you can At some of these < we balked. We thought we could > We doubt if you can. find an easier, softer way. < But we could not. > With all the earnestness at our command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely. you are dealing Remember that < we deal > with alcohol – cunning,


baffling, powerful!  Without help it is too much for < us >.  
                                       That One               
But there is One who has all power – < that one > is God.     
  You must                                                    
< May you > find Him now!                                     

                    will avail you              You stand     
     Half measures <  availed us  > nothing.  < We stood >    
                        Throw yourself under                  
at the turning point.  <      We asked      > His protection  
and care with complete abandon.                               

      Now we think you can take it!                           
     <                             >  Here are the steps we   
                              your Program of Recovery        
took, which are suggested as < a program of recovery  >:      

     1. < We admitted > we were powerless over alcohol –      
        that our lives had become unmanageable.               

     2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves   
        could restore us to sanity.                           

     3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives        
                          and direction           as we       
        over to the care <             > of God < as we >     
          understood Him                                      
        < understood Him >.                                   

     4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of      

     5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human   
        being the exact nature of our wrongs.                 

                         willing that                         
     6. Were entirely < ready to have > God remove all these  
        defects of character.                                 

                , on our knees,                               
     7. Humbly <               > asked Him to remove our      
                      – holding nothing back                  
        shortcomings <                      >.                

     8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became  
        willing to make <        > amends to them all.        

     9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible,  
        except when to do so would injure them or others.     

     10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we     
        were wrong promptly admitted it.                      

     11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our  

        < conscious > contact with God < as we understood >   

        < Him >, praying only for knowledge of His will for   

        us and the power to carry that out.                   

(glimpse of the original ‘working manuscript’ for parts of these two pages)

    12. Having had a spiritual < awakening > as the result    
            this course of action                             
        of <    these steps      >, we tried to carry this    
                    others, especially                        
        message to <                  > alcoholics, and to    

        practice these principles in all our affairs.         

          You may exclaim                                     
     < Many of us exclaimed >, "What an order!  I can't go    
through with it."  Do not be discouraged.  No one among us    
has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to  
these principles.  We are not saints.  The point is, that we  
are willing to grow along spiritual lines.  The principles    
we have set down are guides to progress.  We claim spiritual  
progress rather than spiritual perfection.                    

     Our description of the alcoholic, the chapter to the     
agnostic, and our personal adventures before and after        
 , have been designed to sell you                             
<          make clear            > three pertinent ideas:     

                you are                    cannot             
     (a) That < we were > alcoholic and < could not >         
                  your         life                           
         manage < our > own < lives >.                        
     (b) That probably no human power < could have >          
           relieve your                                       
         < relieved our > alcoholism.                         
                     can                   will               
     (c) That God < could > and < would if He were sought >.  

      If you are not convinced on these vital issues,         
     <                                               >        
 you ought to re-read the book to this point or else          
<                                                   >         
 throw it away!                                               
<              >                                              

      If you are              you are now at step three       
     <  Being   > convinced, <  we were at Step Three  >,     
               you make a decision            your            
which is that <     we decided    > to turn < our > will      
      your                        you understand              
and < our > life over to God as < we understood > Him.        
Just what do we mean by that, and just what do we do?         

                                          you see             
     The first requirement is that < we be convinced >        

that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success.       
On that basis we are almost always in < collision > with      
                                                may be        
something or somebody, even though our motives < are  >       

good.  Most people try to live by self-propulsion.  Each      
person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show < ; > 
is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the      
scenery and the rest of the players in his own way.  If       



his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would    
do as he < wished >, the show would be great.  Everybody,     
including himself, would be pleased.  Life would be wonder-   
ful.  In trying to make these arrangements our actor may      
sometimes be quite virtuous.  He may be kind, considerate,    
patient, generous; even modest and self-sacrificing.  On      
the other hand, he may be mean, egotistical, selfish and      
dishonest.  But, as with most humans, he is more likely       
to have varied traits.                                        

     What usually happens?  The show doesn't come off very    
well.  He begins to think life doesn't treat him right.       
He decides to exert himself <    > more.  He becomes, on the  
next occasion, still more demanding or gracious, as the case  
may be.  Still the play does not suit him.  Admitting he may  
be somewhat at fault, he is sure that other people are more   
to blame.  He becomes angry, indignant, self-pitying.  What   
is his basic trouble?  Is he not really a self-seeker even    
when trying to be kind?  Is he not a victim of the delusion   
that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this      
world if he only manages well?  Is it not evident to all      
the rest of the players that these are the things he wants?   
And do not his actions make each of them wish to retaliate,   
snatching all they can get out of the show?  Is he not, even  
in his best moments, a producer of confusion rather than      

     Our actor is self-centered – ego-centric, as people      
like to call it nowadays.  He is like the retired business    
man who lolls in the Florida sunshine in the winter com-      
plaining of the sad state of the nation; the < minister >     
who sighs over the sins of the twentieth century; politi-     
cians and reformers who are sure all would be Utopia          



if the rest of the world would only behave; the outlaw safe   
cracker who thinks society has wronged him; and the alcoho-   
lic who has lost all and is locked up.  Whatever < our >      
                       these people mostly                    
protestations are not <    most of us     > concerned with    
 themselves, their                   their                    
< ourselves, our  > resentments, or < our > self-pity?        

     Selfishness – self-centeredness!  That, we think,        
is the root of our troubles.  Driven by a hundred forms of    
fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step     
on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate.  Sometimes     
they hurt us, seemingly < > without provocation, but we       

invariably find that at some time in the past we have made    
decisions based on self < > which later placed us in          
a position to be hurt.                                        

     So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own      
making.  They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic       
    almost the most                   that could be found     
is <      an       > extreme example <                   >    
of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn't think so.    
Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfish-  
ness.  We must, or it kills us!  God makes that possible.     
And there < often seems > no way of entirely getting rid      
                      Him.  You may have                      
of self without < His aid.  Many of us had > moral and        
                                         you can't            
philosophical convictions galore, but < we could not >        
                              you              like           
live up to them even though < we > would < have liked > to.   
           can you            your                            
Neither < could we > reduce < our > self-centeredness         
                               your                You        
much by wishing or trying on < our > own power.  < We >       
< had to > have God's help.                                   

     This is the how and why of it.  First of all,            
                                yourself         doesn't      
< we had to > quit playing God <        >.  It < didn't >     
work.  Next, < we decided > that hereafter in this drama      
                is                 your                       
of life, God < was > going to be < our > Director.  He is     
                 you       to be         agent                
the Principal; < we > are <     > His < agents >.  He is      
                  you           child.  Get that simple       
the Father, and < we > are His < children.             >      
 relationship straight.                                       
<                      >  Most good ideas are simple,         
                  is to be                                    
and this concept <  was   > the keystone of the new and       
                                you will pass                 
triumphant arch through which  <  we passed  > to freedom.    


            you              take                             
     When < we > sincerely < took > such a position, all      
                              follow.  You have               
sorts of remarkable things < followed.  We had > a new        
                                   must necessarily provide   
Employer.  Being all powerful, He <       provided         >  
        you need         you keep                             
what < we needed >, if < we kept > close to Him and           
< performed > His work well.  Established on such a footing   
  you become                                 yourself, your   
< we became > less and less interested in < ourselves, our >  
                                           you become         
little plans and designs.  More and more < we became >        
                             you can                          
interested in seeing what < we could > contribute to life.    
     you feel                           you enjoy             
As < we felt > new power flow in, as < we enjoyed > peace of  
            you discover you can                              
mind, as < we discovered we could > face life successfully,   
     you become                               you begin       
as < we became > conscious of His presence, < we began >      
to lose < our > fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.     
 You will have been                                           
<      We were     > reborn.                                  

                Get down upon your knees and say              
     < We were now at Step Three.  Many of us said > to       
  your           as you understand Him                        
< our > Maker, < as we understood Him >: "God, I offer my-    
self to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou     
wilt.  Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better   
do Thy will.  Take away my difficulties, that victory over    
them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power,     
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.  May I do Thy will always!"    
      Think                                   .  Be           
< We thought > well before taking this step < making >        
       you are                  you can                       
sure < we were > ready; that < we could > at last abandon     
< ourselves > utterly to Him.                                 

           It is                      that you make           
     < We found it > very desirable < to take this >          
   your decision                                  .  It       
< spiritual step > with an understanding person < ,    >      
   may be your         your                your               
< such as our > wife, <    > best friend, < or > spiritual    
         , but remember                                       
advisor <   .  But     > it is better to meet God alone       
  that                                       You must decide  
< than > with one who might misunderstand.  <               > 
 this for yourself.                of your decision is        
<                  >  The wording <        was        >, of   
                                     you express              
course, quite optional so long as < we expressed > the idea,  
                                       decision is            
voicing it without reservation.  This <    was    > only a    

beginning, though if honestly and humbly made, an effect,     
                              will be                         
sometimes a very great one, <  was  > felt at once.           

     Next we < launched > out on a course of vigorous         
action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning,  


           you have             in all probability            
which < many of us had > never <                  >           
                     your              is                     
attempted.  Though < our > decision < was > a vital and       
crucial step, it < could > have little permanent effect       

unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face,        
                                   yourself           have    
and to be rid of, the things in < ourselves > which < had >   
               you.  Your            is                       
been blocking < us.  Our > liquor < was > but a symptom.      
    Let's now                 basic                           
< So we had to > get down to <     > causes and conditions.   

                   you start                                  
     Therefore, < we started > upon a personal inventory.     
   This is step four                                          
< This was Step Four >.  A business which takes no regular    
inventory usually goes broke.  Taking a commercial inventory  
is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process.  It is an effort 
to discover the truth about the stock-in-trade.  < One >      
object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get      
rid of them promptly and without regret.  If the owner        
of the business is to be successful, he cannot fool           
himself about values.                                         

     We < did > exactly the same thing with our lives.  We    
  take                                 search                 
< took > stock honestly.  First, we < searched > out the      
flaws in our make-up which <    > caused our failure.  Being  
convinced that self, manifested in various ways, < was >      
       has                      consider                      
what < had > defeated us, we < considered > its common        

     Resentment is the "number one" offender.  It destroys    
more alcoholics than anything else.  From it stem all forms   
of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally      
and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick.  When the  
spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and  
physically.  In dealing with resentments, we set them on      
paper.  < We listed > people, institutions or principles      
             you are                Ask yourself              
with whom < we were > angry.  < We asked ourselves > why      
  you are                             will be                 
< we were > angry.  In most cases it <  was  > found that     
  your                 your pocketbook      your              
< our > self-esteem, < our pocketbooks >, < our > ambitions,  
  your                          ,                             
< our > personal relationships < >                            


                   are                             you are    
(including sex) < were > hurt or threatened.  So < we were >  
         You are                                              
sore.  < We were > "burned up."                               

     On < our > grudge list < we > set opposite each name     
  your                Is        your                 your     
< our > injuries.  < Was > it < our > self-esteem, < our >    
            your               your                your       
security, < our > ambitions, < our > personal, or <    >      
sex relations, which < had > been interfered with?            

     < We were usually > as definite as this example:         

  I'm resentful at:     The Cause            Affects my:      
< I'm resentful at:     The Cause            Affects my: >    

Mr. Brown       His attention to my      Sex relations.       
                  wife.                  Self-esteem (fear)   
                Told my wife of my       Sex relations.       
                  mistress.              Self-esteem (fear)   
                Brown may get my         Security.            
                  job at the office.     Self-esteem (fear)   
Mrs. Jones      She's a nut – she        Personal relation-   
                  snubbed me.  She         ship. Self-esteem  
                  committed her hus-       (fear)             
                  band for drinking.                          
                  He's my friend.                             
                  She's a gossip.                             
My employer     Unreasonable – Unjust    Self-esteem (fear)   
                  – Overbearing –        Security.            
                  Threatens to fire                           
                  me for drinking                             
                  and padding my ex-                          
                  pense account.                              
My wife         Misunderstands and       Pride – Personal     
                  nags.  Likes Brown.      sex relations      
                  Wants house put in       – Security (fear)  
                  her name.                                   

      Go on through the list                your lifetime     
     <        We went       > back through < our lives   >.   
Nothing < counted > but thoroughness and honesty.  When       
  you are                  consider                           
< we were > finished < we considered > it carefully.  The     
first thing                                                   


          to you is                                    are    
apparent <   was   > that this world and its people < were >  
often quite wrong.  To conclude that others < were > wrong    
   is                               get                       
< was > as far as most of us ever < got >.  The usual out-    
        is                  continue              you         
come < was > that people < continued > to wrong < us > and    
   you stay                          is                       
< we stayed > sore.  Sometimes it < was > remorse and then    
  you are              yourself                    you        
< we were > sore at < ourselves >.  But the more < we >       
   fight          try              your                       
< fought > and < tried > to have < our > own way, the worse   
          get.  Isn't that so?                  victors       
matters < got.                >  As in war, < the victor >    
        seem               Your                        are    
only < seemed > to win.  < Our > moments of triumph < were >  

                         way of                               
     It is plain that a <      > life which includes          
deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness.       
To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander    
the hours that might have been worth while.  But with the     
alcoholic < , > whose <    > hope is the maintenance and      

growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resent-    
ment is infinitely grave.  We < found > that it is fatal.     
For when harboring such feelings we shut ourselves off from   
the sunlight of the Spirit.  The insanity of alcohol returns  
and we drink again.  And with us, to drink is to die.         

              are                   must                      
     If we < were > to live, we < had to > be free of anger.  
The grouch and the brainstorm < were > not for us.  They      
may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics   
these things are poison.                                      

           Turn              your                 holds       
     < We turned > back to < the > list, for it < held >      
             your            You must be                      
the key to < the > future.  <  We were  > prepared to look    
                                          You will begin      
at it from an entirely different angle.  <   We began   > to  
                                           dominate you       
see that the world and its people really < dominated us >.    
    your present                                              
In <   that     > state, the wrong-doing of others,           
                   has                           you          
fancied or real, < had > power to actually kill <   >.        
      shall you             You see                           
How < could we > escape?  < We saw > that these resentments   
                               You cannot                     
must be mastered, but how?  < We could not > wish them away   
any more than alcohol.                                        

             is                realize at once                
     This < was > our course: <  We realized  > that the      
                 wrong you are                                
people who < wronged us were perhaps > spiritually sick.      


          you don't                                           
Though < we did not > like their symptoms and the way these   
         disturb you                  yourself, are           
these < disturbed us >, they, like < ourselves, were > sick   
            Ask                  you                          
too.  < We asked > God to help < us > show them the same      
tolerance, pity, and patience that < we > would cheerfully    
                     who has cancer                           
grant a sick friend <              >.  When a person          
  next offends, say to yourself                               
< offended we said to ourselves, > "This is a sick man.       
How can I be helpful to him?  God save me from being angry.   
Thy will be done."                                            

        Never argue.  Never retaliate.  You                   
     < We avoid retaliation or argument.  We > wouldn't       
                                 you do, you                  
treat sick people that way.  If < we do, we > destroy         
  your                              You                       
< our > chance of being helpful.  < We > cannot be helpful    
to all people, but at least God will show < us > how to       
take a kindly and tolerant view of each and every one.        

          Take up your                                        
     < Referring to our > list again.  Putting out of         
  your mind                       have                        
< our minds > the wrongs others < had > done, < we >          
              look          your                              
resolutely < looked > for < our > own mistakes.  Where        
 have you                                                     
< had we > been selfish, dishonest, self-seeking and          
                                   may not be                 
frightened?  Though a situation < had not been >              
entirely < our > fault, < we tried to > disregard the         
                                  See where you have          
other person involved entirely.  < Where were we to >         
 been to blame.  This is your                                 
<        blame?  The         > inventory < was ours >,        
                              you see your fault              
not the other man's.  When < we saw our faults we >           
 write it down on the list.  See it            you            
< we listed them.  We placed them  > before  < us > in        
                        Admit your                            
black and white.  < We admitted our > wrongs honestly         
and < were > willing to set these matters straight.           

      You will notice                                         
     <     Notice    > that the word "fear" is bracketed      

alongside the difficulties with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Jones,        
  your                  your                                  
< the > employer, and < the > wife.  This short word somehow  
touches about every aspect of our lives.  It < was > an evil  
and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence < was >     
shot through with it.  It < set > in motion trains of         
                       bring                       feel       
circumstances which < brought > us misfortune we < felt >     
we < didn't > deserve.  But did not we, ourselves, set the    
ball rolling?  Sometimes                                      


                                                 as a sin     
we think fear ought to be classed with stealing <        >.   
It seems to cause more trouble.                               

          Review your                            Put          
     < We reviewed our > fears thoroughly.  < We put > them   
                       you have                               
on paper, even though < we had > no resentment in connection  
                   Ask yourself         you have              
with them.  < We asked ourselves > why < we had > them.       
   Isn't                             has           you        
< Wasn't > it because self-reliance <   > failed < us >?      
Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn't       
go far enough.  Some of us once had great self-confidence,    
but it didn't fully solve the fear problem, or any other.     
When it made us cocky, it was worse.                          

     Perhaps there is a better way – we think so.  For        
  you           to go                                         
< we > are now <     > on a different basis; the basis of     
                                 You are to                   
trusting and relying upon God.  <    We    > trust infinite   
                  your            self.  You                  
God rather than < our > finite < selves.  We > are in the     

world to play the role He assigns.  Just to the extent that   
  you          you                        you                 
< we > do as < we > think He would have < us >, and humbly    
rely on Him, does He enable < us > to match calamity with     

      You must                                                
     <   We   > never apologize to anyone for depending       
       your              You                                  
upon < our > Creator.  < We > can laugh at those who think    
spirituality the way of weakness.  Paradoxically, it is       
the way of strength.  The verdict of the ages is that faith   
means courage.  All men of faith have courage.  They trust    
their God.  < We never > apologize for God.  Instead          
< we > let Him demonstrate, through < us >, what He can       
          Ask                   your                          
do.  < We ask > Him to remove < our > fear and direct         
  your                                    you                 
< our > attention to what He would have < us > be.  At        
       you will                                               
once, <   we   > commence to outgrow fear.                    

                      You can probably stand                  
     Now about sex.  <   Many of us need    > an overhauling  
         We needed it.                      let's             
there.  <             >  But above all, < we try to > be      
sensible on this question.  It's so easy to get way off the   
track.  Here we find human opinions running to extremes –     
absurd extremes, perhaps.  One set of voices cry that sex is  
a lust of our lower nature, a base necessity of procreation.  



Then we have the voices who cry for sex and more sex; who     
bewail the institution of marriage; who think that most of    
the troubles of the race are traceable to sex causes.  They   
think we do not have enough of it, or that it isn't the right 
kind.  They see its significance everywhere.  One school would
allow man no flavor for his fare and the other would have us  
all on a straight pepper diet.  We want to stay out of this   
controversy.  We do not want to be the arbiter of anyone's sex
conduct.  We all have sex problems.  We'd hardly be human if  
we didn't.  What can we do about them?                        

          Review your                                         
     < We reviewed our > own conduct over the years past.     
       have you                                               
Where < had we > been selfish, dishonest, or inconsiderate?   
       did you               you                              
Whom < had we > hurt?  Did < we > unjustifiably arouse        
jealousy, suspicion or bitterness?  Where <   > were < we >   
                        you                          Get      
at fault, what should < we > have done instead?  < We got >   
this all down on paper and < looked > at it.                  

                     you can                                  
     In this way < we tried to > shape a sane and sound       
            your                          Subject             
ideal for < our > future sex life.  < We subjected > each     
relation to this test – < was > it selfish or not?            
      Ask                  your                    you        
< We asked > God to mold < our > ideals and help < us > to    
                       Remember                   your        
live up to them.  < We remembered > always that < our > sex   
          are              ,                                  
powers < were > God-given < > and therefore good, neither to  
be used lightly or selfishly nor to be despised and loathed.  

                your                may            you        
     Whatever < our > ideal < turns out to > be, < we >       
must be willing to grow toward it.  < We > must be willing    
to make amends where < we > have done harm, provided that     
 you will                                                     
< we do  > not bring about still more harm in so doing.       
In other words, < we > treat sex as < we > would any other    
problem.  In meditation, < we > ask God what < we > should    

do about each specific matter.  The right answer will come,   
if < we > want it.                                            

     God alone can judge < our > sex situation.  Counsel with 



persons is often desirable, but < we > let God be the final   
judge.  < We realize > that some people are as fanatical      
about sex as others are loose.  < We avoid > hysterical       
thinking or advice.                                           

     Suppose < we > fall short of the chosen ideal and        
          .                     you                           
stumble < ? >  Does this mean < we > are going to get drunk?  
             will         you        If they do, it will be   
Some people <    > tell < us > so.  <      But this is     >  
                                    you         your          
only a half-truth.  It depends on < us > and < on our >       
   motive          you                       you              
< motives >.  If < we > are sorry for what < we > have done,  
and have the honest desire to let God take < us > to better   
things, < we believe we > will be forgiven and will have      
          your                you                       your  
learned < our > lesson.  If < we > are not sorry, and < our > 
conduct continues to harm others, < we > are quite sure to    
drink.  We are not theorizing.  These are facts out of our    

     To sum up about sex: < We > earnestly pray for the       
right ideal, for guidance in each questionable situation,     
for sanity, and for the strength to do the right thing.       
If sex is very troublesome, < we > throw < ourselves >        
the harder into helping others.  < We think > of their needs  
                          will take you            yourself   
and work for them.  This <   takes us  > out of < ourselves >.
    will quiet                                                
It <  quiets  > the imperious urge, when to yield would mean  

          you                             your                
     If < we > have been thorough about < our > personal      
             you                           by this time       
inventory, < we > have written down a lot <            >.     
  You                             your                        
< We > have listed and analyzed < our > resentments.          
< We > have begun to comprehend their futility and their      
fatality.  < We > have commenced to see their terrible        
destructiveness.  < We > have begun to learn tolerance,       
patience and good will toward all men, even < our > enemies,  
       you know          to be                  You           
for < we look on > them < as  > sick people.  < We > have     
                    you                 your                  
listed the people < we > have hurt by < our > conduct, and    
 you                                              you         
<   > are willing to straighten out the past if < we > can.   

     In this book you read again and again that < faith > did 



for us what we could not do for ourselves.  We hope you are   
                      He                   the                
convinced now that < God > can remove < whatever > self-will  
 that                                     You                 
<    > has blocked you off from Him.  < If you > have         
                  your            .  You have made            
< already > made < a  > decision <      , and     > an        
                the                      you have.  You       
inventory of < your > grosser handicaps <    , you     >      
                                  , for                       
have made a good beginning < .  That being so > you have      

swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about         
            Are you willing to go on?                         
yourself.  <                         >                        

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