- The act or practice of deceiving: cunning, deceit, deceitfulness, double-dealing, duplicity, guile, shiftiness. See honest/dishonest.
- An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end: artifice, device, dodge, feint, gimmick, imposture, jig, maneuver, ploy, ruse, sleight, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile. Informal shenanigan, take-in. See honest/dishonest, means.
Why is it that so many people in this world think that deception is the key to their success? I mean, why do people expend the effort to deceive when a simple question will, 99% of the time, get them the information that they need?
You know the drill. Someone asks you a seemingly innocent question, then a follow up, usually including some form of flattery, then another follow up with more flattery, then it’s goodbye, thanks, great job man. And a short time later you learn that the information you gave them is used to disparage you or someone you know. And the information isn’t even confidential or all that far from common knowledge – if they had just asked you straight up for the info, you would have given it to them and said adios, never needing or asking for the false flattery in the first place.
If these people would apply the same amount of energy to the task at hand, they would produce superior results! But instead, they use their time and energy on meaningless filler, the end result being a hack job with no real purpose other than to please whatever master they are serving that day. I’d say it was interesting but it isn’t, it’s just sorta sad that talent is wasted by so many people as they try to serve their master, never serving the Master. As the Master said:
Matthew 5:37 Let your word be â€˜Yes, yesâ€™ or â€˜No, no.â€™ More than this is from the evil one.