Five Year Report on www.Sirbacon.org
"I only ring the bell to call other wits together...."-Francis Bacon
The internet has had a dramatic impact on the Shakespeare authorship debate. The door has been blown open to the general public and to information until now, not passed on or easily available to students. This new medium along with the personal computer, gives global access to millions who want to know more about the greatest literary mystery of all time. Authors can now have their books, which were out of print, read by future generations.
With the greatest linguistic mind in history, Francis Bacon made the most of his abilities as a philosopher and dramatist. He initiated a network of literary research projects while announcing to his uncle, Lord Burleigh, that he would take "all knowledge to be his province." Sirbacon.org has been providing a digital Baconian province, giving fresh views, interviews, book reviews, and a platform for writers who are pressing forward a great advancement of learning. As Bacon wrote:If the enjoyment of happiness is a great good, the power of imparting it to others is greater.
When www.sirbacon.org was launched in 1997, there was plenty of disbelief and ridicule received in my email. Now the website has grown to over two thousand pages--and the general response is one of encouragement and enthusiasm. There is a global change of opinion under way, as thousands of men and women with open minds find the information they sought, in order to solve the great Shakespeare mystery. As Othello declared :"T' is true : there's magic in the web of it ."
The authorship issue may not be settled by the opinion of a magazine editor, a newspaper columnist or even by a documentary or a movie. This subject will reside in the hearts and minds of those who will continue to enjoy the plays while maintaining a great desire to know truth. It is the call for truth that will be heard for continuing generations that want to think for themselves and weigh and consider the great authorship issue. It is for those with a passion to know without having to convince. Consider the following words from Sir Francis as a guideline :"Lastly, I would address one general admonition to all; that they consider what are the true ends of knowledge, and that they seek it not either for pleasure of the mind, or for contention, or for superiority to others, or for profit, or fame, or power, or any of these inferior things; but for the benefit and use of Life; and that they perfect and govern it in charity. --General Preface to the Great Instauration
One more thought, a special thanks to all previous Baconians from the past who have paved the road possible and to my contemporaries Francis Carr, Peter Dawkins, Paul Dupuy, Penn Leary, Glen Caston, Hal Dronen,Walter Saunders, Ken Patton, Harvey Wheeler, Juan Schoch, Simon Miles, Dave Yost, Graham Smith, Robert Fowler, Gerald F. Bacon, DWCooper, and most of all, Mather Walker, who have all contributed to the site's ongoing development.
Your comments are most welcome.