Shrewd vs Smart

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Machiavellian the word derived from philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, shows another side of people that is ‘manipulative’. Machiavelli witnessed by observing society, there are people who are generally shrewd in their actions, like political leaders, and then there are people who refrain from doing such things.

Most education, industry and government institutions have general IQ test, which measures the intelligence, or say smartness of individuals, however there is a flaw in this measurement. IQ tests leave out a very broad spectrum of the human mind’s capacity. There are people who are very ‘shrewd’ who don’t get a good score, however they can outwit, outsmart, manipulate people who have a high IQ. In industry and government it is people who have ‘Machiavellian’ traits that excel over those who are considered very smart.

IQ tests leave out a very broad spectrum of the human mind’s capacity.

As there are now personality tests, that can measure the ‘Machiavellian’ traits it is still not a conclusive way to measure someone, as people can easily lie or be dishonest in their answers. In my previous blog I had mentioned how, groups who are generally ‘shrewd’ in nature can out-compete groups who are considered smart. Even in nature, this can be noticed, take for example the hyena that is very ‘Machiavellian’ in nature, it scavenges the food of other predators by working in close cooperation with it’s group members, the bigger the group the stronger it gets. It saves a lot of energy by not hunting, but by simply ganging up and taking other’s food, it gains more calories than it spends.

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The ‘numbers’ game catches on.

Niccolo Machiavelli, an astute observer recognizes the behavior of how power and strength can be gained by being a different kind of player. No surprise the book he wrote was not released because the inconvenience on society and strategy of political leaders will be out on the open. Having no free exchange of ideas has only benefited the deceivers, if this knowledge had been passed down like now, then people could be more prepared to combat others and utilize it in their personal life.