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Much less of Spirits.
      §27. This, at first sight, will shew us how disproportionate our
Knowledge is to the whole extent even of material Beings; to
which, if we add the Consideration of that infinite number of
Spirits that may be, and probably are, which are yet more remote
from our Knowledge, whereof we have no cognizance, nor can
frame to our selves any distinct Ideas of their several ranks and sorts,
we shall find this cause of Ignorance conceal from us, in an im-
penetrable obscurity, almost the whole intellectual World; a
greater certainly, and more beautiful World, than the material.
For bating some very few, and those, if I may so call them, superficial
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Ideas of Spirit, which by reflection we get of our own, and from thence,
the best we can, collect, of the Father of all Spirits, the eternal
independent Author of them and us and all Things, we have no
certain information, so much as of the Existence of other Spirits,
but by revelation. Angels of all sorts are naturally beyond our dis-
covery: And all those intelligences, whereof ’tis likely there are
more Orders than of corporeal Substances, are Things, whereof our
natural Faculties give us no certain account at all. That there are
Minds, and thinking Beings in other Men as well as himself, every
Man has a reason, from their Words and Actions, to be satisfied:
And the Knowledge of his own Mind cannot suffer a Man, that
considers, to be ignorant, that there is a GOD. But that there are
degrees of Spiritual Beings between us and the great GOD, who
is there, that by his own search and ability can come to know?
Much less have we distinct Ideas of their different Natures, Condi-
tions, States, Powers, and several Constitutions, wherein they
agree or differ from one another, and from us. And therefore in what
concerns their different Species and Properties, we are under an
absolute ignorance.
Locke Hum IV, 3, §27, pp. 557-558