A message to Brexiters from Frances Bacon, one of the greatest ever Englishmen

“It will not be amiss to distinguish the three kinds, and as it were grades, of ambition in mankind.

The first is of those who desire to extend their power in their native country; which kind is vulgar and degenerate.

The second is of those who labour to extend the power of their country and its dominion among men; this certainly has more dignity, but not less covetousness.

But if a man endeavour to establish and extend the power and dominion of the human race itself over the universe, his ambition is without doubt both a more wholesome thing and a nobler than the other two.”

Bacon

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One thought on “A message to Brexiters from Frances Bacon, one of the greatest ever Englishmen

  1. OUCH! Members of our species already have too much power and dominance, and the wholesome and nobler thing would be to rein it in and use it wisely, not to extend it. Backn’s advice may, or may not, have been good in his time. It certainly is not now.

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