In the Old Testament it is written:
“…the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…”
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (King James version)
There is a lot to be said for that. Cunning, deception and guile are quite useful in any struggle.
“Most men will say when they’ve been right,
But few when they’ve been wrong.
The weak are forced to guile and spite
That they might beat the strong.
Whilst most may see a foe’s mistake
Few spot a cunning move.
Established ways few men forsake
When their mind’s in a groove.
A strong and stolid fighting man
May win by might and main.
But when a foe can read his plan
Then all becomes a strain.
Outwitted men get to wits end,
They thrash about each way.
Attacking when they ought defend
A foe who melts away.
So, fight the way the mighty fight,
Then you will face defeat.
They must have guile who lack the might;
For only winning’s sweet!
No rapid charge nor clash of arms;
No fury, no, nor din.
Not magic charms, nor loud alarms;
It’s cunning ways that win!”
© Trevor Morgan, 2/7/2018