|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Collected Articles by Frederick Douglass:
to the sea in ships." "Free trade and sailors' rights" just then expressed
the sentiment of the country. In my clothing I was rigged out in sailor style.
I had on a red shirt and a tarpaulin hat, and a black cravat tied
in sailor fashion carelessly and loosely about my neck. My knowledge
of ships and sailor's talk came much to my assistance, for I knew a ship
from stem to stern, and from keelson to cross-trees, and could talk sailor
like an "old salt." I was well on the way to Havre de Grace before
the conductor came into the negro car to collect tickets and examine
the papers of his black passengers. This was a critical moment in the drama.
My whole future depended upon the decision of this conductor.
Agitated though I was while this ceremony was proceeding, still,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
great rocky fragments scattered about a floor of black earth,
with the grey impassable peaks always rising gaunt and sinister
on his right. The third night he spent in a camp of quarry men
whose flickering fires cast weird reflections on the polished
cliffs to the west. And they sang many songs and told many tales,
shewing such strange knowledge of the olden days and the habits
of gods that Carter could see they held many latent memories of
their sires the Great Ones. They asked him whither he went, and
cautioned him not to go too far to the north; but he replied that
he was seeking new cliffs of onyx, and would take no more risks
than were common among prospectors. In the morning he bade them
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Second Inaugural Address by Abraham Lincoln:
to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory
and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction
in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts
were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it--
all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered
from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war,
insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war--
seeking to dissolve the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation.
Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather
than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather
Second Inaugural Address