|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain:
and therefore could venture to go his own way and follow out his
own notions. The other member of his pet organization was allowed the
like liberty because he was a cipher in the estimation of the public,
and nobody attached any importance to what he thought or did.
He was liked, he was welcome enough all around, but he simply
didn't count for anything.
The Widow Cooper--affectionately called "Aunt Patsy" by everybody--
lived in a snug and comely cottage with her daughter Rowena,
who was nineteen, romantic, amiable, and very pretty, but otherwise
of no consequence. Rowena had a couple of young brothers--
also of no consequence.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Parmenides by Plato:
I suppose not.
Then the nature of the beautiful in itself, and of the good in itself, and
all other ideas which we suppose to exist absolutely, are unknown to us?
It would seem so.
I think that there is a stranger consequence still.
What is it?
Would you, or would you not say, that absolute knowledge, if there is such
a thing, must be a far more exact knowledge than our knowledge; and the
same of beauty and of the rest?
And if there be such a thing as participation in absolute knowledge, no one
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther:
priesthood we are worthy to appear before God, to pray for
others, and to teach one another mutually the things which are of
God. For these are the duties of priests, and they cannot
possibly be permitted to any unbeliever. Christ has obtained for
us this favour, if we believe in Him: that just as we are His
brethren and co-heirs and fellow-kings with Him, so we should be
also fellow-priests with Him, and venture with confidence,
through the spirit of faith, to come into the presence of God,
and cry, "Abba, Father!" and to pray for one another, and to do
all things which we see done and figured in the visible and
corporeal office of priesthood. But to an unbelieving person