|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from God The Invisible King by H. G. Wells:
all to co-operate in the restriction of suffering and the creation
of happiness. The advance guard of the race, the men and women in
whom mental alertness is associated with fine feeling, cry that they
have reached Pisgah's slope and in increasing numbers men and women
are pressing on to see if it be really the Promised Land."
"Pisgah--the Promised Land!" Mr. McCabe in that passage sounds as
if he were half-way to "Oh! Beulah Land!" and the tambourine.
That "larger spirit," we maintain, is God; those "impulses" are the
power of God, and Mr. McCabe serves a Master he denies. He has but
to realise fully that God is not necessarily the Triune God of the
Catholic Church, and banish his intense suspicion that he may yet be
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Kenilworth by Walter Scott:
Holdforth's congregation seek not, like the gay daughters of this
world, to twine gold around our fingers, or wear stones upon our
necks, like the vain women of Tyre and of Sidon."
"Oh, what! you are a grave professor of the precise sisterhood,
pretty Mistress Janet," said the Earl, "and I think your father
is of the same congregation in sincerity? I like you both the
better for it; for I have been prayed for, and wished well to, in
your congregations. And you may the better afford the lack of
ornament, Mistress Janet, because your fingers are slender, and
your neck white. But here is what neither Papist nor Puritan,
latitudinarian nor precisian, ever boggles or makes mouths at.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Reason Discourse by Rene Descartes:
considered inferior to my fellows, although there were among them some who
were already marked out to fill the places of our instructors. And, in
fine, our age appeared to me as flourishing, and as fertile in powerful
minds as any preceding one. I was thus led to take the liberty of judging
of all other men by myself, and of concluding that there was no science in
existence that was of such a nature as I had previously been given to believe.
I still continued, however, to hold in esteem the studies of the schools.
I was aware that the languages taught in them are necessary to the
understanding of the writings of the ancients; that the grace of fable
stirs the mind; that the memorable deeds of history elevate it; and, if
read with discretion, aid in forming the judgment; that the perusal of all