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Unformatted text preview: has no aversion to flattery and bribery--he uses spies and
false witnesses. He is a spet in the unexpected and seeks to lull suspicion and disarms watchfulness,
waiting for the moment to strike. Sometimes he weaves so tangled a web that he falls into it himself, and one
of the stock situations in humor, the novel and the stage is where the cunning schemer falls into the pit he has
dug for others. In his highest aspect he is the diplomat; in his lowest he is the sneak. People who are weak or
cowardly tend to the use of these methods, but also there is a group of the strong who hate direct force and
rather like the subtler weapons.
The strategist tends to be quite cynical, and his effect on his fellow men is to increase cynicism and
pessimism. They who have suffered through the schemer grow to suspect their fellows under any guise. They
become suspicious and hard, determined never to trust any one again. Indeed, practical wisdom to a large
extent is the wisdom of strategy and is full of mottoes and proverbs inculcating non-generous ideals. When
people have been "fooled" or misled, the most valuable of the social cementing qualities, faith in one's
fellows, is weakened. Despite the disintegrating effect of unscrupulous shrewdness, it is common enough to
hear men say of a successful votary of the art, "Well, I give him credit. He is a very clever fellow, and he has
brought home the bacon." Success is so highly prized and admired that the means of obtaining it becomes
secondary in the eyes of the majority.
3. The role of speech in the relationships of human beings is of course too great to be over-estimated. Speech
becomes the prime weapon in swaying and molding the opinions and acts of others. It is the medium of the
threat of force and the stratagem of cunning, but also it enters human life as the medium of persuasion and
conviction. The speech ability, the capacity to use words in attaining purpose, shows as striking variations as
any other capacity.
Though a function of intelligence, the power to speak (and write) convincingly and ea...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11