|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Euthyphro by Plato:
conceptions of them have been overthrown, Socrates does not offer any
definition of his own: as in the Laches and Lysis, he prepares the way for
an answer to the question which he has raised; but true to his own
character, refuses to answer himself.
Euthyphro is a religionist, and is elsewhere spoken of, if he be the same
person, as the author of a philosophy of names, by whose 'prancing steeds'
Socrates in the Cratylus is carried away. He has the conceit and self-
confidence of a Sophist; no doubt that he is right in prosecuting his
father has ever entered into his mind. Like a Sophist too, he is incapable
either of framing a general definition or of following the course of an
argument. His wrong-headedness, one-sidedness, narrowness, positiveness,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells:
overlooked,' continued the Time Traveller, with a slight
accession of cheerfulness. `Really this is what is meant by the
Fourth Dimension, though some people who talk about the Fourth
Dimension do not know they mean it. It is only another way of
looking at Time. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TIME AND ANY OF
THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF SPACE EXCEPT THAT OUR CONSCIOUSNESS MOVES
ALONG IT. But some foolish people have got hold of the wrong
side of that idea. You have all heard what they have to say
about this Fourth Dimension?'
`_I_ have not,' said the Provincial Mayor.
`It is simply this. That Space, as our mathematicians have it,
The Time Machine
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Pupil by Henry James:
the damp false marble, he wondered what was in the air. Mrs.
Moreen said a word to the boy and made him go into the room she had
quitted. Then, having closed the door after him, she directed her
steps swiftly to Pemberton. There was something in the air, but
his wildest flight of fancy wouldn't have suggested what it proved
to be. She signified that she had made a pretext to get Morgan out
of the way, and then she enquired - without hesitation - if the
young man could favour her with the loan of three louis. While,
before bursting into a laugh, he stared at her with surprise, she
declared that she was awfully pressed for the money; she was
desperate for it - it would save her life.