|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Protagoras by Plato:
pain, or love, or perhaps by fear,--just as if knowledge were a slave, and
might be dragged about anyhow. Now is that your view? or do you think that
knowledge is a noble and commanding thing, which cannot be overcome, and
will not allow a man, if he only knows the difference of good and evil, to
do anything which is contrary to knowledge, but that wisdom will have
strength to help him?
I agree with you, Socrates, said Protagoras; and not only so, but I, above
all other men, am bound to say that wisdom and knowledge are the highest of
Good, I said, and true. But are you aware that the majority of the world
are of another mind; and that men are commonly supposed to know the things
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
or said anything about his kindness, he laughed it off, saying it was all
good luck for him, for his horses were wanting a little rest
which they would not otherwise have had.
Jerry grew better steadily, but the doctor said that he must never go back
to the cab work again if he wished to be an old man. The children had
many consultations together about what father and mother would do,
and how they could help to earn money.
One afternoon Hotspur was brought in very wet and dirty.
"The streets are nothing but slush," said the governor;
"it will give you a good warming, my boy, to get him clean and dry."
"All right, governor," said Harry, "I shall not leave him till he is;
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:
hating, may be dear to the lover of it: for example, very young children,
too young to love, or even hating their father or mother when they are
punished by them, are never dearer to them than at the time when they are
being hated by them.
I think that what you say is true.
And, if so, not the lover, but the beloved, is the friend or dear one?
And the hated one, and not the hater, is the enemy?
Then many men are loved by their enemies, and hated by their friends, and
are the friends of their enemies, and the enemies of their friends. Yet
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger:
as typical, the reader may verify it with an almost interminable list
of similar cases. Parental irresponsibility is significantly
illustrated in another case:
A mother who had four live births and two stillbirths in twelve years
lost all of her babies during their first year. She was so anxious
that at least one child should live that she consulted a physician
concerning the care of the last one. ``Upon his advice,'' to quote
the government report, ``she gave up her twenty boarders immediately
after the child's birth, and devoted all her time to it. Thinks she
did not stop her hard work soon enough; says she has always worked too
hard, keeping boarders in this country, and cutting wood and carrying