Monday, October 10, 2005

Trust is a matter of necessity

"It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself."
- Graham Greene

Humans are social animals. Social animals depend on each other for their survival, including their security, supply of food, defence and general welfare. We need each other for other reasons, including exploration of ideas, development of solutions to problems, even for touch and love.

A person who trusts no one is by definition alone, unable to socialize easily with others. To be able to work with others means that some personal sacrifice is necessary because we must trust others in order to get something from them.

The difference between trusting others and not trusting others hinges on a decision. Explanations for why one should not trust others merely cloud the issue, acting as excuses for avoiding making a necessary decision.

We trust others or we do not have much of a life. Others will betray our trust, true enough, but we will betray the trust of others as well. Some flexibility and forgiveness are part of being human.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give people reasons to trust for their own good health.
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