|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Walden by Henry David Thoreau:
whose sentences were first written on bark, and are now merely
copied from time to time on to linen paper. Says the poet Mr
Udd, "Being seated, to run through the region of the
spiritual world; I have had this advantage in books. To be
intoxicated by a single glass of wine; I have experienced this
pleasure when I have drunk the liquor of the esoteric doctrines." I
kept Homer's Iliad on my table through the summer, though I looked
at his page only now and then. Incessant labor with my hands, at
first, for I had my house to finish and my beans to hoe at the same
time, made more study impossible. Yet I sustained myself by the
prospect of such reading in future. I read one or two shallow books
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Koran:
know His unseen, save such apostle as He is well pleased with: for,
verily, he sends marching before him and behind him a guard!'
That He may know that they have delivered the errands of their Lord,
for He compasses what they have, and reckons everything by number.
THE CHAPTER OF THE ENWRAPPED
IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God.
O thou who art enwrapped! rise by night except a little- the half,
or deduct therefrom a little, or add thereto, and chant the Koran
chanting. Verily, we will cast on thee a heavy speech.
Verily, the early part of the night is stronger in impressions and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Statesman by Plato:
unjust, if by a poor man? May not any man, rich or poor, with or without
law, and whether the citizens like or not, do what is for their good? The
pilot saves the lives of the crew, not by laying down rules, but by making
his art a law, and, like him, the true governor has a strength of art which
is superior to the law. This is scientific government, and all others are
imitations only. Yet no great number of persons can attain to this
science. And hence follows an important result. The true political
principle is to assert the inviolability of the law, which, though not the
best thing possible, is best for the imperfect condition of man.
I will explain my meaning by an illustration:--Suppose that mankind,
indignant at the rogueries and caprices of physicians and pilots, call