As a person who is somewhat interested in science and politics, it was very interesting to learn
about Sir Francis Bacon when creating this website. I was especially surprised to find out that Bacon
had basically discovered, or at least laid the foundation for, the scientific method. I also liked that
Bacon was an all-around person, being a philosopher, scientist, author, and politician. Thinking about
my future, I have always wondered if I could do more than one thing, becoming more than just, say a
lawyer, and becoming, say an engineer, as well. Now that I have learned about the many things that
Bacon was able to do, I now know that it is possible to be that well-rounded and that it is possible to do
almost anything as long as you say to yourself that you can do it. I highly respect Bacon for his
accomplishments in the many fields he was in and for showing me that anything is possible.
Though I have high respect for Bacon, I was disappointed in him for his political scandal. He was at the very height of his political career and absolutely blew it by committing 23 accounts of corruption.
He was able to climb the political ladder and became lord chancellor, the highest position at the time. He had all the power and could wish for nothing more, but apparently, that wasn't enough. He just had
to accept bribes and had to break the rules and think that he could get away with it. It makes me sick to hear about people who had a bright future ahead of them or celebrities who have reached the height of their career, but ruined it by doing drugs, murdering someone, or just being reckless. Bacon could have entered the history books as the father of the scientific method and one of the greatest
politicians ever, but instead, he will forever be remembered as a scandalous politician whose accomplishments have beenovershadowed.
Bacon reminds me of Oscar Pistorius. Both men revolutionize the field they were in: Bacon in science and Pistorius in running. Pistorius, an amputee, was able to show the world that an amputee could compete with able-bodied men in the Olympics. Watching Pistorius at the Olympics, I was truly inspired by his effort and was truly awed by just thinking about the journey he took to get to the
Olympics and the obstacles he must have had to overcome. I also wondered if this was the beginning of a new era for amputees and sports, sort of like how Bacon created a new scientific era. Unfortunately, Pistorius, like Bacon, disgraced his good name by being charged with premeditated
murder, killing his girlfriend. Now, instead of being remembered as the "Blade Runner," he will be
remembered for being a suspect and potential perpetrator of a serious crime, like Bacon is. Like
Bacon, Pistorius was granted bail and escaped jail like Bacon.
If Bacon was here today, I imagine that he would still be working in the field of science and coming up with more theories and methods of discovering truth and knowledge. He would probably be working in laboratories and helping the scientific world advance and discover new things that we have yet to discover. I doubt that he would be accepted as a politician, nor would I think that he would even run to earn a spot in politics, knowing his political scandal. Instead, he would be trying his hardest to reclaim his good name by continuing to discover new things in the field of science and be remembered for his