To what things are men in authority servants and what is the result of it?
According to Bacon, men who occupy a high position are servants of three things. First, they are servants of the sovereign or state. They have to obey and carry out the order of their king or queen, and the government. They must satisfy the king or the government as the highest authority in the country. Secondly, they are subject to their desire for fame. They must take care that they do nothing which is likely to result in adverse criticism. They are public figures and their actions are watched and freely commented upon by others. Thirdly, they have to devote themselves entirely to the duties of the post, which they are holding. They must perform their duties efficiently and sincerely. Therefore they cannot do what they please as any improper action would result in adverse criticism affecting their reputation. They cannot enjoy freedom of leisure. They have to devote all their time to their duties. They have no time to call their own. Their very persons are subject to the office they hold. Even their physical being is at the mercy of the sovereign they serve.