|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
much value is that of Aristotle; for the Alexandrian catalogues of a
century later include manifest forgeries. Even the value of the
Aristotelian authority is a good deal impaired by the uncertainty
concerning the date and authorship of the writings which are ascribed to
him. And several of the citations of Aristotle omit the name of Plato, and
some of them omit the name of the dialogue from which they are taken.
Prior, however, to the enquiry about the writings of a particular author,
general considerations which equally affect all evidence to the genuineness
of ancient writings are the following: Shorter works are more likely to
have been forged, or to have received an erroneous designation, than longer
ones; and some kinds of composition, such as epistles or panegyrical
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Tanach:
Genesis 5: 2 male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Genesis 5: 3 And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.
Genesis 5: 4 And the days of Adam after he begot Seth were eight hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 5: 5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
Genesis 5: 6 And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
Genesis 5: 7 And Seth lived after he begot Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 5: 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
Genesis 5: 9 And Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Kenan.
Genesis 5: 10 And Enosh lived after he begot Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
Genesis 5: 11 And all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.
Genesis 5: 12 And Kenan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalalel.