|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from De Profundis by Oscar Wilde:
it is the means by which one alters one's past. The Greeks thought
that impossible. They often say in their Gnomic aphorisms, 'Even
the Gods cannot alter the past.' Christ showed that the commonest
sinner could do it, that it was the one thing he could do. Christ,
had he been asked, would have said - I feel quite certain about it
- that the moment the prodigal son fell on his knees and wept, he
made his having wasted his substance with harlots, his swine-
herding and hungering for the husks they ate, beautiful and holy
moments in his life. It is difficult for most people to grasp the
idea. I dare say one has to go to prison to understand it. If so,
it may be worth while going to prison.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
of a holy friar; that he would summon a chapter of monks,
and pass on the offender a sentence proportionate to his offence.
The ministers of civil justice said that would not do.
The abbot said it would do and should; and bade them not
provoke the meekness of his catholic charity to lay them under
the curse of Rome. This threat had its effect, and the party
rode off to Gamwell-Hall, where they found the Gamwells
and their men just sitting down to dinner, which they saved
them the trouble of eating by consuming it in the king's
name themselves, having first seized and bound young Gamwell;
all which they accomplished by dint of superior numbers,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
pounds is thirty pounds. You must make it less.'
'And all the while the faults in my draft fair leaped out and hit
me between the eyes. At any cost, I thinks to myself, I must get it
back and re-draft it. He grunts at me impatiently, and a splendid
thought comes to me, which shall save me. By the same token,
It was quite honest.'
'They ain't always,' says Mr Springett. 'How did you get out of it?'
'By the truth. I says to Master Fur Cap, as I might to you here, I
says, "I'll tell you something, since you seem a knowledgeable
man. Is the SOVEREIGN to lie in Thames river all her days, or will she
take the high seas?"