Shrouded and hooded in his cloak, Orestes creeps stealthily towards the palace at Argos. He carries seven swords with him. In the sky behind him, a thin crescent moon can be seen shining in the sky.
- applying mental energy in a cautious, wily and diplomatic way in order to gain the desired end
- brains over brawn
- a feeling of ambivalence since the rightness or moral integrity of the goal cannot always be determined or verified
- the mind is amoral as it is uncontaminated by feeling values; so the intellect can be cold and manipulative
- tact, deliberate charms and even subterfuge may be necessary to achieve a goal and may be in direct conflict with one’s ethics
- the end justifies the means
- having to compromise one’s character in order to achieve a goal
- guile is a mental attribute that sometimes must be used in life
- indirect action, confusing roundabout courses and extreme caution are called for in order to achieve an objective
- sometimes evasiveness, brains, tact and diplomacy are the best way to achieve a goal instead of brawn and aggression
- one must not attract attention
- good guys finish last
- honesty isn’t always the best policy
- “discretion is the better part of valor” means that it’s often wiser to avoid taking an unnecessary risk than to be recklessly courageous
Keyword/phrase I came up with in my workbook on 14Mar92 was "subterfuge".