|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Economist by Xenophon:
happens when you want a carpenter: first, you discover some one with a
turn for carpentry, and then do all you can to get possession of
him. Or do you educate your bailiffs yourself?
 The steward, like the carpenter, and the labourers in general,
would, as a rule, be a slave. See below, xxi. 9.
Isch. Most certainly the latter, Socrates; I try to educate them, as
you say, myself; and with good reason. He who is properly to fill my
place and manage my affairs when I am absent, my "alter ego," needs
but to have my knowledge; and if I am fit myself to stand at the head
of my own business, I presume I should be able to put another in
possession of my knowledge.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Black Dwarf by Walter Scott:
existence, had been dead for many years, when it occurred to the
author that such a character might be made a powerful agent in
fictitious narrative. He, accordingly, sketched that of Elshie
of the Mucklestane-Moor. The story was intended to be longer,
and the catastrophe more artificially brought out; but a friendly
critic, to whose opinion I subjected the work in its progress,
was of opinion, that the idea of the Solitary was of a kind too
revolting, and more likely to disgust than to interest the
reader. As I had good right to consider my adviser as an
excellent judge of public opinion, I got off my subject by
hastening the story to an end, as fast as it was possible; and,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau:
hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against
their common sense and consciences, which makes it very
steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.
They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in
which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined.
Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and
magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?
Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an
American government can make, or such as it can make a man
with its black arts--a mere shadow and reminiscence of
humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already,
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience