|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Alcibiades II by Platonic Imitator:
together, we may find what we seek.
ALCIBIADES: I am attending, Socrates, to the best of my power.
SOCRATES: We are agreed, then, that every form of ophthalmia is a disease,
but not every disease ophthalmia?
ALCIBIADES: We are.
SOCRATES: And so far we seem to be right. For every one who suffers from
a fever is sick; but the sick, I conceive, do not all have fever or gout or
ophthalmia, although each of these is a disease, which, according to those
whom we call physicians, may require a different treatment. They are not
all alike, nor do they produce the same result, but each has its own
effect, and yet they are all diseases. May we not take an illustration
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
could not contain the books that should be written.'
"So in this heavenly Gospel, written by the Spirit of God, is
recorded the history of his Incarnation, his manifestation, his
miracles and acts. Afterward, it telleth of the innocent
suffering which the Lord endured for our sake, of his holy
Resurrection on the third day, his Ascent into the heavens, and
of his glorious and dreadful second coming; for the Son of God
shall come again on earth, with unspeakable glory, and with a
multitude of the heavenly host to judge our race, and to reward
every man according to his works. For, at the beginning, God
created man out of earth, as I have already told thee, and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass:
American slave, has not yet been found. In whatever else men may
differ, they are alike in the apprehension of their natural and
personal rights. The difference between abolitionists and those
by whom they are opposed, is not as to principles. All are
agreed in respect to these. The manner of applying them is the
point of difference.
The slaveholder himself, the daily robber of his equal brother,
discourses eloquently as to the excellency of justice, and the
man who employs a brutal driver to flay the flesh of his negroes,
is not offended when kindness and humanity are commended. Every
time the abolitionist speaks of justice, the anti-abolitionist
My Bondage and My Freedom