— 495 —
This Learning very little benefits Society.
      §9. For, notwithstanding these learned Disputants, these all-
knowing Doctors, it was to the unscholastick Statesman, that the
Governments of the World owed their Peace, Defence, and Liber-
ties; and from the illiterate and contemned Mechanick, (a Name of
Disgrace) that they received the improvements of useful Arts.
Nevertheless, this artificial Ignorance, and learned Gibberish, prevailed
mightily in these last Ages, by the Interest and Artifice of those,
who found no easier way to that pitch of Authority and Dominion
they have attained, than by amusing the Men of Business, and
Ignorant, with hard Words, or imploying the Ingenious and Idle in
intricate Disputes, about unintelligible Terms, and holding them
perpetually entangled in that endless Labyrinth. Besides, there is no
such way to gain admittance, or give defence to strange and absurd
Doctrines, as to guard them round about with Legions of obscure,
doubtful, and undefined Words. Which yet make these Retreats,
more like the Dens of Robbers, or Holes of Foxes, than the Fortresses
of fair Warriours: which if it be hard to get them out of, it is not for
the strength that is in them, but the Briars and Thorns, and the
Obscurity of the Thickets they are beset with. For Untruth being
unacceptable to the Mind of Man, there is no other defence left for
Absurdity, but Obscurity.
Locke Hum III, 10, §9, p. 495