Cagey: (adj) reluctant to give information owing to caution or suspicion.
Is it getting the “smart” out, or is it “out-smarting?”
Simply said, the goal of human beings should be to humbly impart what we experience to the tribe around us, to measure its merit and allow
for wisdom to instruct our neighbors. Yet for some reason, we feel withholding makes us more powerful than imparting.
For those who believe in a Divine Being, there seems to be greater joy in establishing doctrines which alienate outsiders instead of widening the opening to include as many visitors as possible.
We like secrets. Therefore we become secretive. Once secretive, we need to be suspicious in order to maintain our solitude. And once solitude has been established, we become convinced that a cagey approach to life is the way to establish our supremacy.
Actually, the process is simple: a) say what you think; b) tell what you know; c) learn what is available.
Without this three-step process, our thoughts seem to gain golden proportions.
There’s a reason the brain is gray–it needs the colorful opinions of others.