If you are straight tree you get cut first. It means if you are straightforward you are an obvious target.
If you are crooked, it means that you are more evasive and less likely to be manipulated.
However, I have found that if you are too crooked, you are more prone to be manipulated because these types manipulate themselves.
If someone is a simpleton, when it comes to worldly affairs, everybody will try to manipulate them.
That is why it important to be aware of human nature.
Even 10th Patshahi 52 Bachans instructs the Khalsa to be street wise. Just as Shastar Vidhya is important, so is Neeti vidhyia...