For his involvement in the persecution of Jesus Christ, Pilate was not looked upon favourably by Christians. He enjoyed a somewhat sullied reputation.
From Baconiana, October "In the midst of the sun is the light, in the midst of light is truth, and in the midst of truth is the imperishable Being. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice. Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?
It is very important to observe that Bacon's essay Of Truth occupies the first or foremost place in the collection.
Also that this essay opens and concludes with the allusion to our Savior, who was the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Bacon commences with the words "What is truth?
It being foretold that when Christ cometh He shall not find faith upon the earth. In his essay "Of Atheism," Bacon points out, how the judgment is prejudiced by the feelings or affections, and how the mind is deprived of free judgment by the inclinations of the heart.
They, like Pilate, "will not stay for an answer," or give a "learning patience" to the problem, and in their hearts declare the theory a heresy, a foolish fad, an impossibility. Mark Twain has recently drawn a parallel, comparing Shakespeare to Satan, and there is something in it, for all denial is of the badge of Antichrist; and has not the great German poet, Goethe described Mephistopheles and his followers?
After all, rebutting evidence is always easier than proof, for the thing saves trouble if one only takes one's ignorance seriously, or affirmatively, setting up for a judge instead of a learner, and imagining a faculty of not knowing can be a criterion for passing judgments upon new discoveries.
For certainly there cometh to pass, and hath place in human truth, that which was noted and pronounced in the highest truth. But in this divine aphorism considering to whom it was applied, namely, to Antichrist, the highest deceiver we may discern well that the coming in a man's own name, without regard of antiquity or paternity, is no good sign of truth, although it be joined with the fortune and success of an eum recipietis" and book Advancement of Learning, p.
Therefore the coming of Shakespeare in his own name, although he has been received without question, is not an infallible sign of truth. In Aphorism 84 of the first book of the Novum Organum: And with regard to authority it shows a feeble mind to grant so much to authors, and yet deny Time his rights, who is the author of authors, nay, rather of all authority.
For rightly is truth called the daughter of time. The world often mistakes echoes for volume, and there is the popular fallacy that counting of heads is proof of truth.
But in matters intellectual it is not as with physical power or wealth--there is no aggregate or arithmetical sum total, as, for example, when men pull on a rope or heap up money. But it is rather as in a race, where only a few can be first, and there is no addition of speeds. For nothing pleases the many unless it strikes the imagination, or binds the understanding with the bonds of common notions" Aphorism 77, Novum Organum.
Therefore the saying,"That the world says, or the world believes," though to be respected, is not final, and should not deter us from examining anew problems which the past generations had probably no time or curiosity to question. Besides, as Bacon says, in this essay Of Truth, " The first creature of God, in the work of the days, was the light of the senses, the last was the light of reason; and His Sabbath work ever since is the illumination of His Spirit.
But I cannot tell: A mixture of a lie doth ever add pleasure. It would seem, then, that this essay Of Truth is a sort of apology for the poetical veil, or masque of Truth, upon the score of man's dislike, or incapability, of receiving unadulterated truth itself?
Bacon uses the expression "I cannot tell" to excuse himself explanation of the world's love of lies. In the play of Richard III the same phrase in introduced, together with what would seem to answer the question in context with it: Christ exclaimed "That the world cannot receive truth," and Bacon implies the same thing, and he then proceeds to explain that the disguises and actings of the world's stage are better adapted, than the searchlight of open daylight, for the half-lights of the theatre.
If the reader will turn to the essay entitled Of Masques and Triumphs, he will find complete proof that this is an allusion to the stage in the essay Of Truth. And it would seem as if there existed some sort of antithesis between these two essays, i.
Observe, too, in both essays there is the same allusion to candle-light. In the plays candlelight is used as a metaphor for starlight: Their candles are all out. Night's candles are burnt out. See Sonnet 21, "As those gold candles fixed in heaven's air.
Bacon commences his essay Of Masques and Triumphs with the words,"These things are but toys," and concludes the essay with the words,"But enough of these toys. It is most important to point out, that Heminge and Condell, in their dedicatory preface to their patrons the Earls of Pembroke and Montgomery in the first edition of the folio plays, published inemploy the word "trifles" to indicate the plays they are editing:Of Studies by Francis Bacon [Explanation in blue, original in black] Studies serve for delight, for ornament, and for ability.
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