|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from First Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln:
it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution--certainly would if such
a right were a vital one. But such is not our case. All the vital rights of
minorities and of individuals are so plainly assured to them by affirmations
and negations, guaranties and prohibitions, in the Constitution, that
controversies never arise concerning them. But no organic law can ever be
framed with a provision specifically applicable to every question which may
occur in practical administration. No foresight can anticipate,
nor any document of reasonable length contain, express provisions
for all possible questions. Shall fugitives from labor be surrendered
by national or State authority? The Constitution does not expressly say.
May Congress prohibit slavery in the Territories? The Constitution does not
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Love and Friendship by Jane Austen:
Lady Lesley will do themselves the pleasure of attending us.
Lady Lesley says no, that nothing will ever tempt her to forego
the Amusements of Brighthelmstone for a Journey to Italy merely
to see our Brother. "No (says the disagreable Woman) I have once
in my life been fool enough to travel I dont know how many
hundred Miles to see two of the Family, and I found it did not
answer, so Deuce take me, if ever I am so foolish again."So says
her Ladyship, but Sir George still Perseveres in saying that
perhaps in a month or two, they may accompany us.
Adeiu my Dear Charlotte
Yrs faithful Margaret Lesley.
Love and Friendship
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin:
occasionally show a tendency to revert in character to the foreign breed
for many generations--some say, for a dozen or even a score of generations.
After twelve generations, the proportion of blood, to use a common
expression, of any one ancestor, is only 1 in 2048; and yet, as we see, it
is generally believed that a tendency to reversion is retained by this very
small proportion of foreign blood. In a breed which has not been crossed,
but in which both parents have lost some character which their progenitor
possessed, the tendency, whether strong or weak, to reproduce the lost
character might be, as was formerly remarked, for all that we can see to
the contrary, transmitted for almost any number of generations. When a
character which has been lost in a breed, reappears after a great number of
On the Origin of Species