Of Adversity – Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Of Adversity – Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  • In a speech, Seneca said – the good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired
    • If miracles are command over nature, they definitely appear in adversity
  • In another speech, Seneca said – It’s true greatness to have in one being the frailty of man & the security of a god.
    • The poets have latched on to that phrase. The concept appears in the Bible as well.
    • Hercules went to unbind Prometheus. He sailed the length of the great ocean in an earthen pot.
    • Christian resolution is described as sailing in the frail bark of flesh over the waves of the world
  • The virtue of prosperity is temperance but the virtue of adversity is fortitude
    • Strength is the more heroic virtue
    • The Old Testament shows the blessing of prosperity
    • The New Testament shows the blessing of adversity, which is even greater & a clearer revelation of God’s favor
      • In the Old Testament, if you hear David’s harp, you will hear dirges as carols. The words of the Holy Ghost describes the afflictions of Job more than the joys of Solomon
  • Prosperity isn’t without fears or distastes. Adversity isn’t without comforts or hopes
    • In needlework, lively work on a sad background is better than a dark, melancholy work on light ground. Judge the pleasure of the heart by the pleasure of the eye
    • Virtue is like a wonderful smell – much more fragrant when incensed or crushed.
  • Prosperity exposes the opportunity for vice. Adversity exposes the opportunity for virtue

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