|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Desert Gold by Zane Grey:
shadows. From that promontory he gazed up at a velvet-blue sky,
deep and dark, bright with millions of cold, distant, blinking
stars, and he grasped a little of the meaning of infinitude. He
gazed down into the shadows, which, black as they were and
impenetrable, yet have a conception of immeasurable space.
Then the silence! He was dumb, he was awed, he bowed his head,
he trembled, he marveled at the desert silence. It was the one
thing always present. Even when the wind roared there seemed to
be silence. But at night, in this lava world of ashes and canker,
he waited for this terrible strangeness of nature to come to him
with the secret. He seemed at once a little child and a strong man,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Last War: A World Set Free by H. G. Wells:
June, when the slender asphodel Saint Bruno's lily, with its
spike of white blossom, is in flower. To the westward of this
delightful shelf there is a deep and densely wooded trench, a
great gulf of blue some mile or so in width out of which arise
great precipices very high and wild. Above the asphodel fields
the mountains climb in rocky slopes to solitudes of stone and
sunlight that curve round and join that wall of cliffs in one
common skyline. This desolate and austere background contrasts
very vividly with the glowing serenity of the great lake below,
with the spacious view of fertile hills and roads and villages
and islands to south and east, and with the hotly golden rice
The Last War: A World Set Free
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Hiero by Xenophon:
They are serious duties, I admit. But still, what strikes me is, if
half these grave responsibilities do lend themselves undoubtedly to
hatred, the remaining half are altogether gratifying. Thus, to
teach others arts of highest virtue, and to praise and honour each
most fair performance of the same, that is a type of duty not to be
discharged save graciously. Whilst, on the other hand, to scold at
people guilty of remissness, to drive and fine and chasten, these are
proceedings doubtless which go hand in hand with hate and bitterness.
 Cf. "Econ." vii. 41.
 Or, "tend indisputably to enmity."
 Or, "people," "the learner."