|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
plate and portraits, bronzes by Barye and marbles by Rodin,
and Chinese porcelains, had been introduced to the mansion.
It contained a Louis Quinze reception-room, an Empire
a Jacobean dining-room, and various apartments dimly reminiscent
the styles of furniture affected by deceased monarchs. That the
were too short for the historic perspective did not make much
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
To which are appended two subordinate consequences:
1.aa. If one has being, all other things are.
1.bb. If one is one, all other things are not.
The same distinction is then applied to the negative hypothesis:
2.a. If one is not one, it is all things.
2.b. If one has not being, it is nothing.
Involving two parallel consequences respecting the other or remainder:
2.aa. If one is not one, other things are all.
2.bb. If one has not being, other things are not.
'I cannot refuse,' said Parmenides, 'since, as Zeno remarks, we are alone,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The House of Dust by Conrad Aiken:
I heard it die behind me, fade to whisper,--
And walked in a quiet hallway as before.
Just such a glimpse, as through that opened door,
Is all we know of those we call our friends. . . .
We hear a sudden music, see a playing
Of ordered thoughts--and all again is silence.
The music, we suppose, (as in ourselves)
Goes on forever there, behind shut doors,--
As it continues after our departure,
So, we divine, it played before we came . . .
What do you know of me, or I of you? . . .