|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
thinking of YOURSELF, protecting yourself, SAVING YOURSELF FROM
DISCOMFORT. You never think of the servant once--except to guess
out how to get HIS APPROVAL. If you get that, you get your OWN
approval, and that is the sole and only thing you are after. The
Master inside of you is then satisfied, contented, comfortable;
there was NO OTHER thing at stake, as a matter of FIRST interest,
anywhere in the transaction.
Y.M. Well, to think of it; Self-Sacrifice for others, the
grandest thing in man, ruled out! non-existent!
O.M. Are you accusing me of saying that?
What is Man?
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Riverman by Stewart Edward White:
here, it would be a very bad business, very bad. This is very sad;
but--well, good-bye, dear; and you, sir, be good to her. And write
your daddy, Carroll. He'll be lonesome for you." He blew his nose
very loudly and wiped his glasses. "Now, run along, run along," he
hurried them. "Let us not have any scenes. Here, my dear, open
this envelope when you are well started. It may help cheer the
journey. Not a word!"
He hurried them through the gate, paying no heed to what they were
trying to say. Then he steamed away and bustled into a cab without
once looking back.
When the train had passed the Harlem River and was swaying its
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Koran:
the resort of those who are too big with pride!'
But those who fear their Lord shall be driven to Paradise in troops;
until they come there, its doors shall be opened, and its keepers
shall say to them, 'Peace be upon you, ye have done well! so enter
in to dwell for aye!' and they shall say, 'Praise be to God, who
hath made good His promise to us, and hath given us the earth to
inherit! We establish ourselves in Paradise wherever we please and
goodly is the reward of those who work!'
And thou shalt see the angels circling round about the throne,
celebrating the praise of their Lord; and it shall be decided
between them in truth; and it shall be said, 'Praise be to God, the
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Lesser Hippias by Plato:
SOCRATES: Well, but at a wrestling match--which is the better wrestler, he
who falls voluntarily or involuntarily?
HIPPIAS: He who falls voluntarily, doubtless.
SOCRATES: And is it worse or more dishonourable at a wrestling match, to
fall, or to throw another?
HIPPIAS: To fall.
SOCRATES: Then, at a wrestling match, he who voluntarily does base and
dishonourable actions is a better wrestler than he who does them
HIPPIAS: That appears to be the truth.
SOCRATES: And what would you say of any other bodily exercise--is not he