|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Meno by Plato:
poets. Yes, and statesmen above all may be said to be divine and
illumined, being inspired and possessed of God, in which condition they say
many grand things, not knowing what they say.
SOCRATES: And the women too, Meno, call good men divine--do they not? and
the Spartans, when they praise a good man, say 'that he is a divine man.'
MENO: And I think, Socrates, that they are right; although very likely our
friend Anytus may take offence at the word.
SOCRATES: I do not care; as for Anytus, there will be another opportunity
of talking with him. To sum up our enquiry--the result seems to be, if we
are at all right in our view, that virtue is neither natural nor acquired,
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Life in the Iron-Mills by Rebecca Davis:
old Debs: then they floated together like a mist, and faded
away, leaving only the clear, pearly moonlight.
Whether, as the pure light crept up the stretched-out figure, it
brought with It calm and peace, who shall say? His dumb soul
was alone with God in judgment. A Voice may have spoken for it
from far-off Calvary, "Father, forgive them, for they know not
what they do!" Who dare say? Fainter and fainter the heart
rose and fell, slower and slower the moon floated from behind a
cloud, until, when at last its full tide of white splendor swept
over the cell, it seemed to wrap and fold into a deeper
stillness the dead figure that never should move again. Silence
Life in the Iron-Mills
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Court Life in China by Isaac Taylor Headland:
thus severing the last cord that bound them to the old regime.
What, now, was the Empress Dowager doing while Kuang Hsu was
issuing all these reform edicts, which, we are told, were so
contrary to all her reactionary principles? Why did she not
stretch forth her hand and prevent them? She was spending the hot
months at the Summer Palace, fifteen miles away, without offering
either advice, objection or hindrance, and it was not until two
delegations of officials and princes had appeared before her and
plead with her to come and take control of affairs and thus save
them from being ousted or beheaded, and herself from
imprisonment, did she consent to come. By thus taking the throne