|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain:
cordial and hearty, he says:
"Why, just look at it a minute; just consider. Here is
Uncle Silas, all these years a preacher--at his own expense;
all these years doing good with all his might and every
way he can think of--at his own expense, all the time;
always been loved by everybody, and respected; always been
peaceable and minding his own business, the very last man
in this whole deestrict to touch a person, and everybody
knows it. Suspect HIM? Why, it ain't any more possible than--"
"By authority of the State of Arkansaw, I arrest you
for the murder of Jubiter Dunlap!" shouts the sheriff
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay:
By and by, an upright object, apparently the work of man, attracted
Maskull's notice. It was a slender tree stem, with the bark still
on, imbedded in the stony ground. From the upper end three branches
sprang out, pointing aloft at a sharp angle. They were stripped to
twigs and leaves and, getting closer, he saw that they had been
artificially fastened on, at equal distances from each other.
As he stared at the object, a strange, sudden flush of confident
vanity and self - sufficiency seemed to pass through him, but it was
so momentary that he could be sure of nothing.
"What may that be, Tydomin?"
"It is Hator's Trifork."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
difficulty into which he has got himself. You and I, Socrates, might have
practised a similar shuffle just now, if we had only wanted to avoid the
appearance of inconsistency. And if we had been arguing in a court of law
there might have been reason in so doing; but why should a man deck himself
out with vain words at a meeting of friends such as this?
SOCRATES: I quite agree with you, Laches, that he should not. But perhaps
Nicias is serious, and not merely talking for the sake of talking. Let us
ask him just to explain what he means, and if he has reason on his side we
will agree with him; if not, we will instruct him.
LACHES: Do you, Socrates, if you like, ask him: I think that I have asked