|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde:
I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time.
When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale.
A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I
had come face to face with some one whose mere personality
was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would
absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.
I did not want any external influence in my life.
You know yourself, Harry, how independent I am by nature.
I have always been my own master; had at least always been so,
till I met Dorian Gray. Then--but I don't know how to explain
it to you. Something seemed to tell me that I was on the verge
The Picture of Dorian Gray
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Dracula by Bram Stoker:
When an individual has revolutionized therapeutics by his discovery
of the continuous evolution of brain matter, conventional forms
are unfitting, since they would seem to limit him to one of a class.
You, gentlemen, who by nationality, by heredity, or by the possession
of natural gifts, are fitted to hold your respective places in
the moving world, I take to witness that I am as sane as at least
the majority of men who are in full possession of their liberties.
And I am sure that you, Dr. Seward, humanitarian and medico-jurist
as well as scientist, will deem it a moral duty to deal with me
as one to be considered as under exceptional circumstances."He made
this last appeal with a courtly air of conviction which was not
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Animal Farm by George Orwell:
A few days later, when the terror caused by the executions had died down,
some of the animals remembered--or thought they remembered--that the Sixth
Commandment decreed "No animal shall kill any other animal." And though no
one cared to mention it in the hearing of the pigs or the dogs, it was
felt that the killings which had taken place did not square with this.
Clover asked Benjamin to read her the Sixth Commandment, and when
Benjamin, as usual, said that he refused to meddle in such matters, she
fetched Muriel. Muriel read the Commandment for her. It ran: "No animal
shall kill any other animal WITHOUT CAUSE." Somehow or other, the last two
words had slipped out of the animals' memory. But they saw now that the