|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:
generally was indirect and slight; but so soon as it proceeded to
stalk into the street and earn its own living, its veracious
character began to tell. When out of its theories sprang inventions
and discoveries that revolutionized every-day affairs and changed
the very face of things, society insensibly caught its spirit.
Man awoke to the inestimable value of exactness. From scientists
proper, the spirit filtered down through every stratum of education,
till to-day the average man is born exact to a degree which his
forefathers never dreamed of becoming. To-day, as a rule, the more
intelligent the individual, the more truthful he is, because the
more innately exact in thought, and thence in word and action.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain:
of her soul out about it, and wouldn't count them
again not to save her life; she druther die first.
So we was all right now, as to the shirt and the
sheet and the spoon and the candles, by the help of
the calf and the rats and the mixed-up counting; and
as to the candlestick, it warn't no consequence, it
would blow over by and by.
But that pie was a job; we had no end of trouble
with that pie. We fixed it up away down in the
woods, and cooked it there; and we got it done at
last, and very satisfactory, too; but not all in one
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbot:
should call it your side.
I. An eye in my inside! An eye in my stomach! Your Lordship jests.
STRANGER. I am in no jesting humour. I tell you that
I come from Space, or, since you will not understand what Space means,
from the Land of Three Dimensions whence I but lately looked down
upon your Plane which you call Space forsooth. From that position
of advantage I discerned all that you speak of as SOLID
(by which you mean "enclosed on four sides"), your houses,
your churches, your very chests and safes, yes even your insides
and stomachs, all lying open and exposed to my view.
I. Such assertions are easily made, my Lord.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions