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Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
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Shakespeare's coeval or even Himself according to some.
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Funny, in 17th century philosophers brainwashed queens and kings.
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That's always fascinated me how can descendant become unloved by parent(s)?
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Inherited failure - mutation.
PS Lucky independent sisters
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Pressure of speech is a tendency to speak rapidly and frenziedly, as if motivated by an urgency not apparent to the listener. The speech produced, sometimes called pressured speech, is difficult to interrupt and may be too fast or too tangential for the listener to understand; it is an example of cluttered speech. It can be unrelenting, loud and without pauses. (Videbeck 2010) It is a hallmark of mania and is often seen during manic periods in patients with bipolar disorder. The pace of the speech indicates an underlying thought disorder known as “flight of ideas” where the information going through the person’s head is so fast that it is difficult to follow their train of thought.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_of_speech)

(Emphasis added.)

Compare today's quotation with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Similarities, differences?



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Daemon wrote:
Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)


From "Essays", Of Parents and Children, vii. I believe the essence of Sir Bacon's closing statement of this essay rounds up his view that parents have unequal expectations of their
children. That in itself is a fair observation, even coming from a childless man who seems to hold little regard for "perpetuity by generation".

"Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory; merit, and noble works are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed. So the care of posterity is most in them that have no posterity."

That said and understood, the quote is found in this larger context: " It is true, that if the affection or aptness of the children be extraordinary, then it is good not to cross it; but generally the precept is good, optimum elige, suave et facile illud faciet consuetudo [choose the best—custom will make it pleasant and easy]. Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited."

The inheritance of the elder brothers comes with strings attached, the younger fortunate to avoid it.
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