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Growing Pains

In Chapter 21, some folks are displaced by the Chinese government. If the government told you they needed you to move for the "greater good," what would you do?

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  1. I would be sad and disappointed that I would have to leave my home even if it is for the "greater good."

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  2. i would be a little dissapointed too, but what if it actually is for the greater good? i mean moving, depending on how far you have to go and how long your family has been in an area, can give you the opportunity to experience something new and even a chance to start over.

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    1. Well said, I agree with you completely

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  3. I would be unhappy at first but after I'd moved and settled in and had a chance to start over, I believe I'd be happy. Moving would give my family and I a chance to start over. Hopefully the government was right when they said it would be for the "greater good", and my family would be more financially stable.

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    1. Very well said. The government is very hard to trust but hopefully they will be right about the greater good

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    2. I agree Dani. I would be unhappy at first, because all of the good times in the past but happy for a better future.

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  4. If I was told to move, I would probably go. The Chinese government uses the term ''greater good'' as a way to tell people that they can move to be able to start over and change. 'But the term 'greater good'' is really saying that there are better things lying ahead for me to benefit off of in the future.

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  5. I would be sad and disappointed at first but I can't go against the government. But if it really is for the greater good, I would move and hopefully start enjoying my new life. I would hope that it really was for the greater good and the benefit of my family to start over

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    1. It probably would be sad, but it would be a good opportunity to start over and have a new beginning.

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    2. Yeah, like Jason says it would probably hard to move in those conditions.

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    3. Yeah, I agree. You don't really have a choice, no matter what you might feel, but there are certain benefits to it, as you mentioned.

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    4. I agree because they can make you move no matter what you want. but it wouldn't be as bad if it really did help your family and you,

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    5. I agree with you Taylor. I guess you really don't have a choice when the government tells you that you have to leave, but maybe it will be for "the greater good"

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    6. I agree with Grace and Taylor, if the government tells you to do something, you don't really have a choice.

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  6. I would have to know why I am being forced to move, and even then I am not sure I would want to move. It would be a good way to start over but I would still be sad and not like it.

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  7. I would be disappointed, yes, but also I would have to try and keep my head up in order to try and find a new place and a new job. It would be a sad experience, but it would also be a learning experience.

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    1. This is a very good point, and very good advice for people going through this. Also another good way to look at it would be that the move would give you another chance to make you and your family's lives better than it was before the move!

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    2. I agree with both these points. It may be very sad but families may have better opportunities ahead of them.

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  8. I would not trust the government but I wouldn't have to many choices and I would have to find a new house. If you had a family and you had to move house it would probably be way harder.

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  9. i would be very sad at first even if it was for the ''greater good''. but i then i would also be happy because it would give me and my family a chance to start over. so i most likely would move.

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    1. i agree that if you move you might be able to make more money with the new job opportunities.

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  10. I would be a little confused and very upset, but I would not want to argue with the government or upset them.

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  11. I would be upset about the situation especially if having to move made money more tight, but you don't really have say.

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    1. If the government that forced you to move was the US government, they are required to provide you with compensation for your property. This would help with money being tight, although it would still be difficult to move.

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  12. As I read the book I found that many of the people who had to move in the book where okay with moving. I personally can not help but think that I would not be okay with the move. If the government told me that I had to move out of the house that I live in now I would be very disappointed even if it was for the "greater good'. After all I have lived in the same house all of my life, and so many memories where made there, but I suppose if the government told me I had to move I would not have a choice even if I wanted to stay.

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  13. I would be a little upset at first because, I like to live near all of my family's houses. I'll also be sad because of the many good times in the past, like: cookouts, birthday celebrations, holidays, and many other times. I would think about it and end up choosing to move for a better future, because there was a good past but there'll be a even better future. I'd also move because, I wouldn't want the government mad at me for not moving.

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    1. I agree with you that it would be very upsetting, but the government would most likely have all the people in a certain area move, so you probably wouldn't have to miss all the people you lived next to.

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    2. That's what i was thinking.

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  14. Those that had to move were compensated $10,000, as said in the book. I expect that if you account for the different rates, it would allow you to cover the cost of your loss- if not, at the very least, start over again.
    It is always hard to move, whether it is to another state or to another neighborhood, but the people the author speaks to seems content with their livings (they mentioned investing in a restaurant, and starting a new life).

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  15. I would be angry about moving if I was not given an explanation about why I had to move. The 5th amendment states that private property may not be taken for public use without just compensation. I would be satisfied if the government gave me just compensation. In the US, being a democracy, I would be able to pursue legal action if I felt my compensation was not just or if I thought I was being made to move for unconstitutional reasons. China is not a democracy and does not have the same freedom of speech and rights that we in the United states enjoy. This would make it hard for people in China who had to move, because their rights are not guaranteed.

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    1. I agree with Cheyenne because the rights in China are different than the United States. We have our rights guaranteed by our government, but since the people in China don't, speaking out for what they want would be hard.

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    2. I agree with Maggie and Cheyenne because unlike here in the US, where we have the freedom of speech, in China there is no such thing as freedom of speech or even rights that we have. If I were to have been told to move for the "greater good", Id be very upset but if i were to speak out against them, it would possibly cause even more issues, so it'd be best to just move on and go from there.

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  16. If the government had told me to pack my things and move for "the greater good", I would be very upset. But, after moving, I would eventually adjust and maybe even realize that it was for the best. Moving is always hard, but once you get settled and comfortable, you might seem to come to like it even better.

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  17. Like most everyone, I would be very downhearted about being told I had to move from my house. After all, I have lived in my house most of my life and moving into a new house would take some getting use to. I think that as long as I was with my family through it all, I wouldn't be as sad and we could all stay strong together.

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    1. I agree that the move wouldn't be nearly as hard if you could stay with your family!

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    2. That is exactly what I thought! I knew that it would be very hard to just pack up and leave behind what you knew to be your home, but I feel that my family and I would all get through it together! As long as we stuck together, we would all come to accept it.

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  18. I would be sad and angry. I would want to know why I am being moved for the "greater good." I would have to suck it up though because the government has more power than me.

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    1. I agree with you, I would be angry an upset. They shouldn't be allowed to just go around and make people move.

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  19. I know that most of everyone has said this, but I would be really upset that I have to move because of the "greater good". I would have to be moving form all the memories that my siblings and I had made and all of my friends. But I would mainly be upset about being forced to move because I have no say so in wether I get to stay in my house or not. There is no freedom of speech or any rights in China. But I would eventually move so that I wouldn't cause any issues with the government.

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    1. I get that, yes, it would be very hard to move away from everything you've come to love and grow accustomed to, but maybe the place that you're moving to is even better than the one you left behind. Maybe the job opportunities will be better or maybe the neighborhood will be better. It would be very depressing to move away at first, but after a month or two, you may come to love it.

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  20. If the government told me that I had to pack up and move for "the greater good" I would be very upset. I have lived in the same town all of my life and I have created many bonds with my family and friends that I would hate to have to leave.

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    1. Leaving does give you the chance of a new life where you can make new friends and bonds. You'd also be able to make a few different decisions about your life.

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  21. If the government tried to move me for "the greater good," I would probably want to know what good would be happening. After I get them to tell me, I'd most likely relocate to where they tell me. It's one of those situations where you have to trust the government. I mean, the government has protected us during a bunch of wars, the least we could do is trust their reasoning.

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    1. I agree with asking the the good in "greater good' and i would also move to where they told me to.

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  22. If the Chinese Government tried to move me for "The Greater Good", I would most like want to know what is going on. If it just to replace my house for a small business place I would not move but if it something like a car factory I would move out of my home.

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  23. If the Government tried to move me for 'The Greater Good' I would ask if it would help me or the Business moving in. if they promised me a job and that the reason for me to move in was good, I would probably move to a new home.

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  24. If the Chinese government wanted me to move, I wouldn't be happy. I would have lived in that town for a long time and made friends. I wouldn't want to just stop what i"m doing and just move away from family and friends. So I would not be happy.

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  25. If the Chinese government wanted me to move for "The Greater Good" I would be kind of upset. People in China should have a choice whether they want to leave or not. Even though we might not think this is completely fair and many people have to leave their friends and family behind and look for new jobs and places to settle they may come across new opportunities that benefit them.

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    1. I agree that the family might come across new opportunities that benefit them.

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  26. If the Chinese government wanted me to move I would be upset to leave my family even if it was for 'the greater good'. It also depends on how far they wanted me to go and what would be best for my family. People in developing countries don't think about themselves.they only do what is best for there family, so they probably would move without even thinking if it would help their family.

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  27. I would be really mad. Because I had a job and a family and friends and I would have to leave all of them just cause the Chinese said it was for the greater good. I would have to start over my entire life, find new friends get a new job and everything.

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    1. I totally agree Taylor its unfair to make people pretty much restart there life.

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  28. I would be really upset because it is unfair for the government to force me to uproot my life even though it for the greater good.

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  29. I wouldn't move i would say "I have my rights it says so in the Constitution you can force me to change my life even though it is for the greater good."

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  30. If the chinese goverment all of the sudden told me I had to move with no explanation, I would be very upset. My home is my home and I should only leave if I decide I want to. I feel it would be hard to just pack up leave all of the sudden, I would be leaving behind memories and my hometown. But like some of the other comments said I would be okay as long as I had my family to get through this with me. Besides you never know whether moving could be a good or bad thing. You could end up loving it there as a family and realize it was for the best.

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    1. I agree it would be hard to just pack up and leave too! You're right, I should only have to leave if i want to.

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    2. I agree completely also. If you were told to move with no explanation as to why, I think you should have a choice if you want to move or not.

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  31. I would be furious that they would make me leave my home for the supposed greater good.

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    1. I agree i would me mad to.

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    2. Me too. Thats my house I wouldn't want to leave.

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  32. I would be mad and upset because I had spent my whole life in China and then all of the sudden they make me move for the "greater good". I would have to find a new country to live in and find a new job which isn't that easy these days.

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    1. I agree with what you said here, finding a new job is very difficult, but maybe you would enjoy your new life.

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  33. If you feel that doing something for ''the greater good'' won't actually help anyone, just remember, those who joined the military didn't join so they could have terrible living conditions and be in constant danger. They did it to help America, the greater good. If I was told to move for the greater good,it would obviously be upsetting, but it would help me feel better knowing that I did what I had to do to help.

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    1. I agree with you, people should put more faith in the government, they're making choices on what's best of their people.

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  34. I feel like it would be a good opportunity because the move might be very beneficial for the family to get to live in a new environment and have the opportunity to have a better house, more money, a new job, and a better life.

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  35. It would make me really frustrated if they told me to move out of my home that i had lived in all my life. Even if it was for the "greater good" I don't think its right in my opinion.

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  36. I would be really upset and angry that I was forced to move out of my home, but what can you do in a situation like that? All you can do is go along with it and hope that you are helping someone.

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  37. I would have been very sad even if it was for the greater good but I would trust the government to make it right.

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    1. I completely agree with what you said, as long as the quality of you house, living, etc. doesn't downgrade.

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    2. I agree, if my house size doesn't downgrade to where my whole family has space i would be fine with it.

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  38. I think most people like the homes they live in so someone showing up at your door and saying you had to move out for the "greater good" would be frustrating. Most people wouldn't want to but what can you do? Its not like you can stay there.

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  39. I would have mixed feelings, depending on what the 'Greater Good' is. I would most likely feel sad and angry, but would do it if the reason was important.

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  40. I would be upset and confused. I would ask them what good was going on where I was living. Moving in general can be tough, let alone moving because the government told you that you had to. If the quality of living was much worse than where I was before, I would be very upset with the government. In the situation though, I think you would have to trust the government and move to the certain location.

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    1. I agree with what you are saying. Moving in general is tough.

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    2. I also agree because i would be very confused and have lots of questions and I wouldn't want to move.

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    3. I agree that moving in general is tough. I would have so many questions to ask that i wouldn't have time. I would have to say that I would most likely move, but I would have to know what the "greater good" was if i left.

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    4. I agree because it wouldn't feel right if you didn't know what the greater good is

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  41. if the government asked me to move for the greater good id ask what is the greater good. why is it that have to move and for the greater good of what exactly. i would have to leave my family and friends for an unknown greater good.

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  42. If I was asked to move for the Greater Good, I myself would have a very hard time dealing with the situation. I would have built strong bonds with friends and family that I wouldn't want to leave. Also if I was secure and happy with the job I had, I wouldn't want to just quit and leave it all behind. But, if the government said that I had to, I know I would because it might turn into something better than what I had before. Such as, a better job for more money, and possibly a bigger living space.

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  43. In my opinion, it would depend on the circumstances. Will I be moving for their greater good, or my greater good? The government should always be doing for what is best for their people. I would most likely take the government's consideration and move. In conclusion, I would move if the government asked ,since they know whats best for their people.

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  44. I would be really mad and sad because if the place I was moving to was in worse condition I wouldn't want to move even if it was for the greater good.

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    1. same josh i would be mad as well

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  45. I would probably get upset if the government told me to move for the greater good. I would probably think I did something wrong for them to make that decision that they made for my future. After a while, I would probably get over it because I would probably be working somewhere that is better than before.

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    1. I agree that I would get over it because there is practically nothing I can do about it. Plus, what if something goods happens because I relocated?

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  46. I would be a little sad and confused and would have a lot of questions because i would have to leave my home. I guess it would also depend on the circumstances because if my family didn't really need my financial aid or anything like that i would move. I am also very naive so if the government ever told me to do something because of the greater good I would probably do it.

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    1. I agree, I would have a lot of questions and i would be confused, but i would probably just move.

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  47. I would be so mad thats my home where all the good memories happened. My whole life in that house and I just have to leave but i would do it because the government would take everything away from me.

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  48. I would be very sad, confused, and angry. I would hate it if the government told me to leave my home that I grew up in. I would have to leave all the good and bad memories there, and I would also have to leave all my friends.. But if the government did tell me to move for the greater good, I probably would end up moving.

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  49. I would be angry and sad. I wouldn't want to leave my house. You would have to leave all of the people around you

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  50. i would be confused,angry, and sad but i would have to move

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    1. I would feel all of those same emotions so i agree all the way

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  51. Moving is difficult in general and even harder when you have no other reason besides the reason the Government gives you.

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  52. If I was needed to move for the greater good, I don't think I would have much of a choice. The government has the right to make me move from my land, however they would have to pay me. Of course I would be upset about it, but ultimately it isn't my decision.

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  53. Its not really up to me to move, so if it was for the greater good I would move. I still think it is unfair that i would have to move from my home. People in china that have to move for "The greater good" deserve an explantion on why they are moving and should get some form of profit from it.

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  54. i would be mad. i wouldn't want yo leave the people around me and what had become my home

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  55. I would think that it was unfair and not right but personally i would not want to live in china so would be okay with it

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    1. I agree it would be unfair, especially when they won't give us a reason.

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  56. I would protest that it's not fair to take my home in a manner like that

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  57. I would feel mad about having to move, and question what the greater good is.

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  58. I wouldn't enjoy moving away from my family. I also don't understand why moving away would be for the greater good. Who would it be good for?

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  59. In my opinion I wouldn't mind moving away from my family. That only depends on what the greater good is. If this is very important o me and my family and it would benefit us, then i would have to grow up and make a change. In order for great things to happen in your life you must sacrifice some things. In the end it will hopefully all work out for the better.

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  60. well i don't really care moving away from my family not saying i don't love them just i would move away but it depends on what the greater good means to them because if its a job that would make me a lot of money of course i would move away but if its just some factory then no

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