|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
They lowered their swords and Lakor spoke.
"I know not whom you may be, with the white skin of a thern
and the black hair of a red man; but were it only Thurid whose
safety were at stake you might pass, and welcome, in so far as we
"Tell us who you be, and what mission calls you to this unknown
world beneath the Valley Dor, then maybe we can see our way to
let you pass upon the errand which we should like to undertake
The Warlord of Mars
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
"I'm the Black Scout," says Red Chief, "and I
have to ride to the stockade to warn the settlers that the
Indians are coming. I'm tired of playing Indian myself.
I want to be the Black Scout."
"All right," says I. "It sounds harmless to me.
I guess Mr. Bill will help you foil the pesky
"What am I to do?" asks Bill, looking at the kid
"You are the hoss," says Black Scout. "Get down
on your hands and knees. How can I ride to the stockade
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Alcibiades I by Plato:
descended 'from Zeus,' through a line of kings--either kings of Argos and
Lacedaemon, or kings of Persia, a country which the descendants of
Achaemenes have always possessed, besides being at various times sovereigns
of Asia, as they now are; whereas, we and our fathers were but private
persons. How ridiculous would you be thought if you were to make a display
of your ancestors and of Salamis the island of Eurysaces, or of Aegina, the
habitation of the still more ancient Aeacus, before Artaxerxes, son of
Xerxes. You should consider how inferior we are to them both in the
derivation of our birth and in other particulars. Did you never observe
how great is the property of the Spartan kings? And their wives are under
the guardianship of the Ephori, who are public officers and watch over