|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Crowd by Gustave le Bon:
hierarchised, an obscure lieutenant of artillery should have
succeeded in reigning over a multitude of peoples and kings.
Let us leave reason, then, to philosophers, and not insist too
strongly on its intervention in the governing of men. It is not
by reason, but most often in spite of it, that are created those
sentiments that are the mainsprings of all
civilisation--sentiments such as honour, self- sacrifice,
religious faith, patriotism, and the love of glory.
THE LEADERS OF CROWDS AND THEIR MEANS OF PERSUASION
1. THE LEADERS OF CROWDS. The instinctive need of all
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Herbert West: Reanimator by H. P. Lovecraft:
concerning a suitable place for our loathsome work. It was I who
thought of the deserted Chapman farmhouse beyond Meadow Hill,
where we fitted up on the ground floor an operating room and a
laboratory, each with dark curtains to conceal our midnight doings.
The place was far from any road, and in sight of no other house,
yet precautions were none the less necessary; since rumours of
strange lights, started by chance nocturnal roamers, would soon
bring disaster on our enterprise. It was agreed to call the whole
thing a chemical laboratory if discovery should occur. Gradually
we equipped our sinister haunt of science with materials either
purchased in Boston or quietly borrowed from the college -- materials
Herbert West: Reanimator