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7. Be a role model for your children and grandchildren. The great scientist and humanitarian George Washington Carver expressed our shared humanity this way: "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."

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