|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Critias by Plato:
grants his request, and anticipating that Hermocrates will make a similar
petition, extends by anticipation a like indulgence to him.
Critias returns to his story, professing only to repeat what Solon was told
by the priests. The war of which he was about to speak had occurred 9000
years ago. One of the combatants was the city of Athens, the other was the
great island of Atlantis. Critias proposes to speak of these rival powers
first of all, giving to Athens the precedence; the various tribes of Greeks
and barbarians who took part in the war will be dealt with as they
successively appear on the scene.
In the beginning the gods agreed to divide the earth by lot in a friendly
manner, and when they had made the allotment they settled their several
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Footnote to History by Robert Louis Stevenson:
town to eat and sleep. The morrow broke grey and drizzly, but as
so often happens in the islands, cleared up into a glorious day.
During the night, the majority of the defenders had taken advantage
of the rain and darkness and stolen from their forts unobserved.
The rallying sign of the Tamaseses had been a white handkerchief.
With the dawn, the de Coetlogons from the English consulate beheld
the ground strewn with these badges discarded; and close by the
house, a belated turncoat was still changing white for red.
Matautu was lost; Tamasese was confined to Mulinuu; and by nine
o'clock two Mataafa villages paraded the streets of Apia, taking
possession. The cost of this respectable success in ammunition
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs:
at least, and so would remain the walls of many of the great
edifices of the past. There would be no such complete ruin
of large structures as I had seen among the smaller
But when I had come to that part of the city which I judged
to have contained the relics I sought I found havoc that had
been wrought there even greater than elsewhere.
At one point upon the bosom of the Thames there rises a few
feet above the water a single, disintegrating mound of
masonry. Opposite it, upon either bank of the river, are
tumbled piles of ruins overgrown with vegetation.