|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from King James Bible:
having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
MAT 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot,
and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.
MAT 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
MAT 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might
entangle him in his talk.
MAT 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the
Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the
way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest
not the person of men.
King James Bible
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Laches by Plato:
something of importance.
NICIAS: Yes, he is saying something, but it is not true.
SOCRATES: How so?
NICIAS: Why, because he does not see that the physician's knowledge only
extends to the nature of health and disease: he can tell the sick man no
more than this. Do you imagine, Laches, that the physician knows whether
health or disease is the more terrible to a man? Had not many a man better
never get up from a sick bed? I should like to know whether you think that
life is always better than death. May not death often be the better of the
LACHES: Yes certainly so in my opinion.