|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling:
men-at-arms, in a land I knew not, among a people
whose tongue I could not speak, to hold down the land
which I had taken from them.'
'And that was here at home?' said Una.
'Yes, here. See! From the Upper Ford, Weland's Ford,
to the Lower Ford, by the Belle Allee, west and east it ran
half a league. From the Beacon of Brunanburgh behind us
here, south and north it ran a full league - and all the
woods were full of broken men from Santlache, Saxon
thieves, Norman plunderers, robbers, and deer-stealers.
A hornets' nest indeed!
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
gradually abolished in the North, that self-same principle gives
rise to more and more rigorous consequences in the South.
The legislation of the Southern States with regard to
slaves, presents at the present day such unparalleled atrocities
as suffice to show how radically the laws of humanity have been
perverted, and to betray the desperate position of the community
in which that legislation has been promulgated. The Americans of
this portion of the Union have not, indeed, augmented the
hardships of slavery; they have, on the contrary, bettered the
physical condition of the slaves. The only means by which the
ancients maintained slavery were fetters and death; the Americans
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Anthem by Ayn Rand:
We fell, but we never let the box fall
from our hands. Then we ran. We ran
blindly, and men and houses streaked past
us in a torrent without shape. And the road
seemed not to be flat before us, but as if
it were leaping up to meet us, and we waited
for the earth to rise and strike us in the
face. But we ran. We knew not where we
were going. We knew only that we must
run, run to the end of the world,
to the end of our days.