|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
Though I could never like the kind that likes to live alone;
And when you met, you found his eyes were always on your shoes,
As if they did the talking when he asked you for the news.
"That's all, my son. Were I to talk for half a hundred years
I'd never clear away from there the cloud that never clears.
We buried what was left of it, -- the bar, too, and the chains;
And only for the apple tree there's nothing that remains."
Forty years ago it was I heard the old man say,
"That's all, my son." -- And here again I find the place to-day,
Deserted and told only by the tree that knows the most,
And overgrown with golden-rod as if there were no ghost.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Long Odds by H. Rider Haggard:
"To my intense relief, with a low growl she straightened herself,
turned, and bounded further up the kloof.
"'Come on, Macumazahn,' said Tom, 'let's get back to the waggon.'
"'All right, Tom,' I answered. 'I will when I have killed those three
other lions,' for by this time I was bent on shooting them as I never
remember being bent on anything before or since. 'You can go if you
like, or you can get up a tree.'
"He considered the position a little, and then he very wisely got up a
tree. I wish that I had done the same.
"Meanwhile I had found my knife, which had an extractor in it, and
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
their power and their freedom. In others the legislative and
judicial powers are entirely confounded; thus the Senate of New
York, for instance, constitutes in certain cases the Superior
Court of the State. The Federal Constitution, on the other hand,
carefully separates the judicial authority from all external
influences; and it provides for the independence of the judges,
by declaring that their salary shall not be altered, and that
their functions shall be inalienable.
The practical consequences of these different systems may
easily be perceived. An attentive observer will soon remark that
the business of the Union is incomparably better conducted than