What Does Francis Bacon Mean to Me
I first came across the story of Bacon's Royal birth and his connection to Shakespeare in my first year of university through the writings of Peter Dawkins and FBRT when I was 19. Strangely, I found myself suddenly surrounded by "Baconians" - a group I got involved with in Christchurch was wholly converted to the Baconian Canon. It seemed that there were more Baconians per head of population in Christchurch than anywhere else on the planet - or at least, more people who cared about his story than anywhere else. I can't help but wonder if he had access to information about the new countries of the South Pacific, NZ and Australia, that may have been secretly discovered by Elizabeth's mighty explorers, and Francis talked about them in "The New Atlantis" with some far-off postulate that one day, we too would be part of the Rosicrucian Commonwealth.
The complexity of the alternative Baconian story of Elizabethan England, the mystery and intrigue, attracted me initially, but with further reading it became obvious that this was serious stuff. Francis had a vast plan to set in motion, some of the fruits of which we are privy to today. Technological and scientific advancement have, on balance with the negatives, bettered the Planet and its people, There will always be downsides to such advancement, but it is not the knowledge and technology that are evil, it is the intent of a small minority to use such advances for evil that is the problem.
My appreciation of Francis Bacon's goals and achievements is more general in nature these days. Gone is the need or desire to convert the whole world to the "Bacon Camp", either through convincing people of the Bacon-Shakespeare connection, or through trying to "prove" the filial links between Bacon, Elizabeth, Dudley and the Earl of Essex. To me, what is, is. Anyone prepared to spend enough time looking at the weight of evidence will come to the same conclusion. If I end up debating someone about these things, the Stratfordian or traditional Elizabethan positions are quickly called into question, even with the most cursory questioning of consensus reality. I still retain the hope that one day, Sir Francis will be recognised for what he achieved, and receive his proper place in History. Anything I can do to facilitate this process, I will do. For some reason, I feel I personally owe it to him.
I listen to libertarian political discourse and remind myself of the driving force behind the colonisation of America, and Bacon's unstated desire to start English civilisation anew, unconstrained by the monarchies, despots and petty rivalries of the Old World. I see another great work written in English and am reminded of the man who effectively created the language single-handedly. I watch the tremendous march of technology changing the way the World communicates, and can't help but wonder if Sir Francis had any inkling of what was ultimately possible through experimentation and scientific discovery. Knowledge is Power, and we have access to more of it now than at any time in history, most of it online, virtually free, available at any time. And it has broken down the barriers between peoples, between cultures, and promoted peace.
Even watching "Return of the King" reminded me of Bacon. Tolkien despised Shakepeare, which amused me no end as Lord of the Rings is full of Shakespearian themes. But over-riding all the other Tolkien themes was good versus evil at the "end of days", the apocolypse. Bacon was evidently a millenialist, although I think he would have agreed with Tolkien - the "end of days" is also the start of a new order, something destined to produce a positive effect on all mankind, and a lasting peace on the world. And so we all hope that will come to pass, here at the end of the Piscean Age.
And that was exactly what Sir Francis Bacon dedicated his life to. Francis has had a tremendous impact on my life, as a symbol of what good it is possible that one person can do. If only I had his gift of insight.
Bacon's New Atlantis in the South Pacific
Christchurch, New Zealand.