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August 08, 2020

Trust requires action

MY parents were the first people I ever placed my trust in. Most people regard their parents in a similar way. There is something we know in the bottom of our hearts about paternal love after having been in close contact with our parents from our birth.
We will all remember the days we’ve spent with our parents. Most children fear heights at some point in their lives. But that fear is overcome when they are thrown up in air by their parents. Why? The answer is crystal clear.
When we’re thrown up into the air by our parents as children, instead of being frightened, we cannot not help but giggle with delight. Our sixth sense tells us that our parents will catch us in time. And they do catch us. Our experiential knowledge convinces us that we can believe them and that they will never hurt us physically or mentally.
When we enter into our adult lives, we build a wider circle of friends and acquaintances. Bit by bit, life hardens us to pain, disappointment and suffering. We learn from experience that life is not like the movies and that not all people are reliable or worthy of our trust.
More often than not, trust arising from familiarity is unreliable. Rather than rely on blind trust, we should associate trust with action. As Abraham Lincoln once put it, “Believing everyone is dangerous, but believing nobody is more dangerous.” Therefore, we should avoid basing our trust on lip service and trust only those people whose actions deliver on their promises.


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