|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
our Brummels, should have left their mantles upon nothing
Nor are the fast men less constrained. Solemnity, even in
dissipation, is the order of the day; and they go to the
devil with a perverse seriousness, a systematic rationalism
of wickedness that would have surprised the simpler sinners
of old. Some of these men whom we see gravely conversing on
the steps have but a slender acquaintance with each other.
Their intercourse consists principally of mutual bulletins of
depravity; and, week after week, as they meet they reckon up
their items of transgression, and give an abstract of their
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Criminal Sociology by Enrico Ferri:
prisoners not entirely degenerate, or likely to prevent at least
the absolute brutalisation of the incorrigible, by giving them
healthy and more remunerative work.
The penal agricultural colony, in lands which need clearing, is
the best for adults, passing from the least to the most healthy
according to the categories of criminals--born, habitual,
occasional--and according to the gravity of the crimes committed.
To this may be added, for convicts less capable of restoration to
social life, labour in mines, especially when the mines are State
property. What I have said of malaria I say of fire-damp: it is
much better that these should kill off criminals, than honest
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Collected Articles by Frederick Douglass:
troubles. The stern logic of events, which goes directly to the
point, disdaining all concern for the color or features of men,
has determined the interests of the country as identical with
and inseparable from those of the negro.
The policy that emancipated and armed the negro--now seen to
have been wise and proper by the dullest--was not certainly more
sternly demanded than is now the policy of enfranchisement.
If with the negro was success in war, and without him failure,
so in peace it will be found that the nation must fall or flourish
with the negro.
Fortunately, the Constitution of the United States knows no distinction