|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Stories From the Old Attic by Robert Harris:
That afternoon Scott and Tina went to the Vice President's office.
As Scott stretched out on the floor and began to spread out a few
papers, Tina pushed aside many feet of adding machine tape and sat
in the Lotus position on one end of the Vice President's desk. The
Vice President was not quite so upset that he did not notice that
Tina was wearing earrings made from crumpled balls of paper hanging
from bent paper clips. "We'd like to ask you to reconsider your
firing us," said Tina. "We have some good ideas for the Blister."
"Get out," said the Vice President.
The next day all the executives met at a regularly scheduled
administrative meeting, where there seemed to be some confusion and
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
"It won't scarcely be Delmonico style," said the Virginian to the
passengers, "nor yet Saynt Augustine." He meant the great
Augustin, the traditional chef of Philadelphia, whose history I
had sketched for him at Colonel Cyrus Jones's eating palace.
Scipio now officiated. His frying-pan was busy, and prosperous
odors rose from it.
"Run for a bucket of fresh water, Shorty," the Virginian
continued, beginning his meal. "Colonel, yu' cook pretty near
good. If yu' had sold 'em as advertised, yu'd have cert'nly made
Several were now eating with satisfaction, but not Scipio. It was
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Charmides by Plato:
not propose to ascend. But one little fact, not irrelevant to the present
discussion, will show how hopeless is the attempt to explain Plato out of
the writings of Aristotle. In the chapter of the Metaphysics quoted by Dr.
Jackson, about two octavo pages in length, there occur no less than seven
or eight references to Plato, although nothing really corresponding to them
can be found in his extant writings:--a small matter truly; but what a
light does it throw on the character of the entire book in which they
occur! We can hardly escape from the conclusion that they are not
statements of Aristotle respecting Plato, but of a later generation of
Aristotelians respecting a later generation of Platonists. (Compare the
striking remark of the great Scaliger respecting the Magna Moralia:--Haec