Locke's essay on understanding wasn't very well understood. I feel like Locke analyzed too many parts of language and attempted to run too in depth into language as a tool or part of everyday communication. For example, as he comments on "simple ideas." Locke states that "....simple ideas are, of all others, the least liable to mistakes, and that for these reasons: First, Because the ideas they stand for, being each but one single perception, are much easier got, and more clearly retained, than the more complex ones, and therefore are not liable to the uncertainty which usually attends those compounded ones of substances and mixed modes, in which the precise number of simple ideas that make them up are not easily agreed, so readily kept in mind" (823). I think that it is evident to our community today that simple seems to be the key. Simple ideas allow for communication between all walks of life and educational experience easier.
Simple is even concentrated on when studying and attempting to communicate with other languages. The concept of simple is easy and helps with more than just a communication barrier- but also during topics of conversations. As an EWM major, students that are Biology majors, must explain an area they are studying in much simpler terms to myself than another student in their major. I think that we try to simplify most things in our life today as we find that it makes communication easier-whether its holding an educational conversation, social conversation, or even physical gestures. There is a time and place for one to use complex ideas and input expanded material into a conversation. The five canons of rhetoric play into this "simple" tool-especially audience. It is important to remember who your audience is and what your goal as rhetor is in order to communicate successfully and clearly to your specified audience.