The Glory of God is to conceal a thing

But

the Glory of a King

is

to Find it out.

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Commentary by Lawrence Gerald

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On their website, one ardent believer in the Stratford fairy tale raises the rhetorical question (while providing his common sense answer) :

"How do we know that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare? We know because the historical record tells us so, strongly and unequivocally. The historical evidence demonstrates that one and the same man, William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, was William Shakespeare the player, William Shakespeare the Globe-sharer, and William Shakespeare the author of the plays and poems that bear his name ...."

However, this is not the truth of the matter once you discover the intended Great Plan of Francis Bacon and his Shakespeare Authorship. It's now time to to ask those famous koans all over again, "What's in a Name?, What is Truth? and for a moment&emdash; maybe best to suspend answering and just be in the questions.
In a common sense universe with the name 'William Shakespeare" appearing on printed matter most folks would naturally believe this would be sufficient evidence as to identifying the actual author. But using face-value evidence to demonstrate Truth is a trap of the mind. Bacon, as the philosopher, warned us about the inherent cultural deficiencies that coexist in the discovery of truth and learning with his notion of the Four Idols. In the world of experience, by trial and error, we discover the menu is not the meal., the map should not be confused with the territory, and an author's name does not necessarily represent his actual identity.
On the other hand we have reports from December-January of 1594-5, in which Francis Bacon was called in to assist in "recovering the lost honor of Grays Inn," the law school, which had suffered by a previous miscarriage of a certain Christmas revel or masque called The Order of the Helmet , Gesta Grayorum or the Prince of Purpool. Then on December 28th these wonderful revels culminated with the first performance of a Comedy of Errors. The play was never produced to the law students as Shakespeare's but as Francis Bacon's even though Bacon's name does not appear upon the face of the narratives, it was quite obvious he was directly responsible for these successful theatrical performances. Witnesses hailed Bacon (John Chamberlain, an eye witness, describes the performance as "a masque, of which Sir Francis Bacon was the chief contriver") with accolades which were recorded after the festivities had ended. So a pattern of anonymity as a playwright can be historically observed while Bacon was attending Grays Inn.

Now follows an amusing example, which serves in demonstrating to our Stratfordian friends the fallacy of accepting face value 'evidence' as a basis for truth.

 

Shake, Fake & Bake

Betty Crocker and the Shakespeare Authorship



"The proof of the pudding is in the eating." &emdash;Don Quixote, 1605

Is Betty Crocker a real person or not? Not. She was made up by a Minneapolis baking company in 1921. When customers wrote and asked for help, they were sent letters signed "Betty Crocker." She wasn't real. The idea was to make customers feel they were getting friendly service. A few years later, she even got her own radio show. Actresses just pretended to be her. In 1976 the company made the first picture of Betty Crocker by blending the faces of lots of women at the company. Since then the picture's been changed several times. Funny, even though her name's been on cookbooks and baking products for many years, she never looks any older. But people believed she was real.

Now, the portrait of "Shakespeare" allegedly drawn by Martin Droeshout prefixed to the Shakespeare Folio in 1623, is the only one passed down from posterity. Critics point out that Droeshout was born in 1601, about ten when the man from Stratford retired and fifteen when Shaksper died in Stratford (1616). There are numerous problems with this portrait such as the wearing of a collar that was unfamiliar to his age, there is no neck, the body is a tailor's dummy,and there is an unnecessary double line seen on the right side of the face indicating a possible mask. The drawing was most likely not done from life making the portrait a deliberate fake. But people believe it is real. There are numerous problems with finding any solid evidence that he could even write let alone be the author of any works including a single letter or a sonnet because none has ever been presented to this day. So, that the name "William Shakespeare" appears on the 1623 Folio makes as much sense in proving that he's the author as is "Betty Crocker" the maker of a box of cake mix because the name appears on it. Maybe it's for the glory of the public to realize that both Betty Crocker and William Shake-speare are actually (user friendly) fictional and corporate instruments of desert makers and publishers, created by marketing executives to MAKE MONEY. Shake, Fake and bring home the Bake-on!

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special thanks to D.W.C for the idea

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