|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling:
shoal lies a Forest which grows in the sea. South and east
of the Forest my father came to a place where the men hid
gold in their hair; but all that country, he said, was full of
Devils who lived in trees, and tore folk limb from limb.
How think ye?"
"'Gold or no gold," said Hugh, fingering his sword, "it
is a joyous venture. Have at these Devils of thine, Witta!"
"'Venture!" said Witta sourly. "I am only a poor
sea-thief. I do not set my life adrift on a plank for joy, or
the venture. Once I beach ship again at Stavanger, and
feel the wife's arms round my neck, I'll seek no more
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
judging of them from report they attain a true opinion about them, they
judge without knowledge, and yet are rightly persuaded, if they have judged
SOCRATES: And yet, O my friend, if true opinion in law courts and
knowledge are the same, the perfect judge could not have judged rightly
without knowledge; and therefore I must infer that they are not the same.
THEAETETUS: That is a distinction, Socrates, which I have heard made by
some one else, but I had forgotten it. He said that true opinion, combined
with reason, was knowledge, but that the opinion which had no reason was
out of the sphere of knowledge; and that things of which there is no
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
a quart bottle, once more proceeded on his rural drive.
To give any idea of the complexity of the sergeant's course, a
map of that part of Middlesex would be required, and my publisher
is averse from the expense. Suffice it, that a little after the
night had closed, the cart was brought to a standstill in a woody
road; where the sergeant lifted from among the parcels, and
tenderly deposited upon the wayside, the inanimate form of
'If you come-to before daylight,' thought the sergeant, 'I shall
be surprised for one.'
From the various pockets of the slumbering carrier he gently