|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Koran:
If ye wish the matter to be decided, a decision has now come to you;
but if ye desist, it is better for you; and if ye turn back we will
turn too, and your troop shall avail nothing, great in number though
it be, since God is with the believers!
O ye who believe! obey God and His Apostle, and turn not from Him
while ye hear, and be not like those who say, 'We hear,' and yet
they hear not.
Verily, the worst of beasts in God's sight are the deaf, the dumb
who do not understand. Had God known any good in them, He would have
made them hear; but had He made them hear, they would have turned back
and have swerved aside.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from A Treatise on Parents and Children by George Bernard Shaw:
parties. When they are sitting indoors they cannot endure the same
degrees of temperature and the same supplies of fresh air. Even if
the main factors of noise, restlessness, and inquisitiveness are left
out of account, children can stand with indifference sights, sounds,
smells, and disorders that would make an adult of fifty utterly
miserable; whilst on the other hand such adults find a tranquil
happiness in conditions which to children mean unspeakable boredom.
And since our system is nevertheless to pack them all into the same
house and pretend that they are happy, and that this particular sort
of happiness is the foundation of virtue, it is found that in
discussing family life we never speak of actual adults or actual