|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce:
The Honest Citizen
A Creaking Tail
Six and One
The Sportsman and the Squirrel
The Fogy and the Sheik
At Heaven's Gate
The Catted Anarchist
The Honourable Member
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley:
(which grew not on the ground like ours, but on stems as big as a
pinnace's mast, and the bark of them was like a fine meshed net,
very strange to see), where was very pleasant shade, cool and
green; and there, gentlemen, we sat down on a bank of moss, like
folk desperate and fordone, and every one looked the other in the
face for a long while. After which I took off the bark of those
ferns, for I must needs be doing something to drive away thought,
and began to plait slippers for the little maid.
"And as I was plaiting, Mr. Oxenham said, 'What hinders us from
dying like men, every man falling on his own sword?' To which I
answered that I dare not; for a wise woman had prophesied of me,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Polity of Athenians and Lacedaemonians by Xenophon:
here or deduction there.
There is another point in which it is sometimes felt that the
Athenians are ill advised, in their adoption, namely, of the less
respectable party, in a state divided by faction. But if so, they do
it advisedly. If they chose the more respectable, they would be
adopting those whose views and interests differ from their own, for
there is no state in which the best element is friendly to the people.
It is the worst element which in every state favours the democracy--on
the principle that like favours like. It is simple enough then.
The Athenians choose what is most akin to themselves. Also on every
occasion on which they have attempted to side with the better classes,