|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
"bosh!" Humbug is humbug, even though it bear the scientific
name, and the total expression of human experience, as I view it
objectively, invincibly urges me beyond the narrow "scientific"
bounds. Assuredly, the real world is of a different
temperament--more intricately built than physical science allows.
So my objective and my subjective conscience both hold me to the
over-belief which I express. Who knows whether the faithfulness
of individuals here below to their own poor over-beliefs may not
actually help God in turn to be more effectively faithful to his
own greater tasks?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
The Anglo-Americans are not only united together by these
common opinions, but they are separated from all other nations by
a common feeling of pride. For the last fifty years no pains
have been spared to convince the inhabitants of the United States
that they constitute the only religious, enlightened, and free
people. They perceive that, for the present, their own
democratic institutions succeed, whilst those of other countries
fail; hence they conceive an overweening opinion of their
superiority, and they are not very remote from believing
themselves to belong to a distinct race of mankind.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe:
managed with so much address, that not one creature in the
family had so much as a suspicion of it; that if he smiled when
I told him my thoughts, it was at the assurance he lately
received, that our understanding one another was not so much
as known or guessed at; and that when he had told me how
much reason he had to be easy, I should smile as he did, for
he was very certain it would give me a full satisfaction.
'This is a mystery I cannot understand,' says I, 'or how it
should be to my satisfaction that I am to be turned out of
doors; for if our correspondence is not discovered, I know
not what else I have done to change the countenances of the