Monday, November 12, 2012

The wisdom of Francis Bacon


"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
English philosopher, statesman, scientist

Bacon is rather charmingly and, in my view, lugubriously known as the last person in Western culture who "knew everything." He was a polymath, that's the two-dollar word for really bright, and he was intensely curious and intensely well-informed about everything of interest in his 17th century world. He was an empiricist in a largely doctrinaire world. Bacon invented the scientific method---believe it or not, doing experiments to test theories and accepting counter-intuitive findings were not at the top of every thinker's list in the early 1600s.

I like Bacon's epigram above. It occurs to me that the opportunities we make are more likely to be the right opportunities than those we find.

It's a good idea to follow your own star.

Gandhi on personal vision...

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