|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from In the South Seas by Robert Louis Stevenson:
certainly to bear a great expense, for the Tahuku will not work
without reward; and certainly exquisite pain. Kooamua, high chief
as he was, and one of the old school, was only part tattooed; he
could not, he told us with lively pantomime, endure the torture to
an end. Our enamoured countryman was more resolved; he was
tattooed from head to foot in the most approved methods of the art;
and at last presented himself before his mistress a new man. The
fickle fair one could never behold him from that day except with
laughter. For my part, I could never see the man without a kind of
admiration; of him it might be said, if ever of any, that he had
loved not wisely, but too well.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:
that you were not going there again? But that has little to do with it.
I must say, Mr. Sawyer, that a more unmanly, brutal treatment
of a little pony it was never my painful lot to witness,
and by giving way to such passion you injure your own character as much,
nay more, than you injure your horse; and remember, we shall all have to be
judged according to our works, whether they be toward man or toward beast."
Master rode me home slowly, and I could tell by his voice
how the thing had grieved him. He was just as free to speak
to gentlemen of his own rank as to those below him; for another day,
when we were out, we met a Captain Langley, a friend of our master's;
he was driving a splendid pair of grays in a kind of break.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Unseen World and Other Essays by John Fiske:
occupy at any rate a sounder philosophic position when we
recognize the limits within which our conclusions, whether
positive or negative, are valid.
It seems not improbable that Mr. Mill may have had in mind
something like the foregoing considerations when he suggested
that there is no reason why one should not entertain the belief
in a future life if the belief be necessary to one's spiritual
comfort. Perhaps no suggestion in Mr. Mill's richly suggestive
posthumous work has been more generally condemned as
unphilosophical, on the ground that in matters of belief we must
be guided, not by our likes and dislikes, but by the evidence
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