|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin:
forty miles above the first station it was 320 feet thick
What the thickness may be close to the Cordillera, I hav
no means of knowing, but the platform there attains a heigh
of about three thousand feet above the level of the sea
we must therefore look to the mountains of that great chai
for its source; and worthy of such a source are streams tha
have flowed over the gently inclined bed of the sea to
distance of one hundred miles. At the first glance of th
basaltic cliffs on the opposite sides of the valley, it wa
evident that the strata once were united. What power, then
has removed along a whole line of country, a solid mass o
The Voyage of the Beagle
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Beast in the Jungle by Henry James:
She spoke as with the softness almost of a sick child, yet now at
last, at the end of all, with the perfect straightness of a sibyl.
She visibly knew that she knew, and the effect on him was of
something co-ordinate, in its high character, with the law that had
ruled him. It was the true voice of the law; so on her lips would
the law itself have sounded. "It HAS touched you," she went on.
"It has done its office. It has made you all its own."
"So utterly without my knowing it?"
"So utterly without your knowing it." His hand, as he leaned to
her, was on the arm of her chair, and, dimly smiling always now,
she placed her own on it. "It's enough if I know it."
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche:
he his own down-going.
I love him who loveth his virtue: for virtue is the will to down-going,
and an arrow of longing.
I love him who reserveth no share of spirit for himself, but wanteth to be
wholly the spirit of his virtue: thus walketh he as spirit over the
I love him who maketh his virtue his inclination and destiny: thus, for
the sake of his virtue, he is willing to live on, or live no more.
I love him who desireth not too many virtues. One virtue is more of a
virtue than two, because it is more of a knot for one's destiny to cling
Thus Spake Zarathustra