|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
examples. I could give you a dozen more. For instance, on an
island away there to the west, and only in one spot, there grows a
little sort of lily, which is found I believe in Brittany, and on
the Spanish and Portuguese heaths, and even in North-west Africa.
And that Africa and Spain were joined not so very long ago at the
Straits of Gibraltar there is no doubt at all.
But where did the Mediterranean Sea run out then?
Perhaps it did not run out at all; but was a salt-water lake, like
the Caspian, or the Dead Sea. Perhaps it ran out over what is now
the Sahara, the great desert of sand, for, that was a sea-bottom
not long ago.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Common Sense by Thomas Paine:
national concerns, will be able and useful counsellors, and the whole,
being empowered by the people, will have a truly legal authority.
The conferring members being met, let their business be to frame
a CONTINENTAL CHARTER, Or Charter of the United Colonies;
(answering to what is called the Magna Carta of England) fixing
the number and manner of choosing members of Congress, members of Assembly,
with their date of sitting, and drawing the line of business and jurisdiction
between them: (Always remembering, that our strength is continental,
not provincial:) Securing freedom and property to all men, and above
all things, the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates
of conscience; with such other matter as is necessary for a charter
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Captain Stormfield by Mark Twain:
go down THERE and call it the Wart."
Well, they let me in, then, and told me I was safe forever and
wouldn't have any more trouble.
Then they turned from me and went on with their work, the same as
if they considered my case all complete and shipshape. I was a
good deal surprised at this, but I was diffident about speaking up
and reminding them. I did so hate to do it, you know; it seemed a
pity to bother them, they had so much on their hands. Twice I
thought I would give up and let the thing go; so twice I started to
leave, but immediately I thought what a figure I should cut
stepping out amongst the redeemed in such a rig, and that made me