Building Trust Image: thefaithalliance.org
Have you ever had your proverbial legs chopped out from beneath you by someone or something in which you trusted, only to discover that you trust was misplaced? I have.
One’s sense of self is derived from the age of about 6 weeks, until then you are in automatic mode, building strength and defence through nourishment.
There is a well-used phrase, ‘show me the boy (or girl) at seven and I will show you the man (or woman).’ Our foundations as individuals are formed at a very young age. Yes, variations occur but to a limited extent.
7-Up is an extraordinary series of documentaries well worth watching. This is the first episode: 7-Up 1964
Trust is something which we feel and experience on numerous levels:
- Government Local/National/Global
- Financial (Banks/Investment Houses/Currencies)
There are then some areas where trust becomes more subjective: Information, media, news, weather, politics, economics, nature, environment, arts, sports, education, parenting … it continues.
Vladimir Ilych Lenin: “Trust is good, control is better”. Image: dighist.fas.harvard.edu
Over the last two decades, social scientists have repeatedly suggested that good things tend to happen in societies where people tend to trust each other — they have stronger democracies, richer economies, better health, and they suffer less often from any number of social ills.
International Trust Metrics Image pewglobal.com
Interestingly, the ‘social trust’ in the former communist run Eastern Bloc has declined since the liberalisation of these nations. I have heard it said that in Ukraine there was grudging happiness under communism; everyone got to eat. There is a lot of discontent now due to the increasing disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.
“Society is based on Trust”
Is Trust just a mutual code which tells us to drive on the right (or left), stop at red lights, and conduct yourself according to the Law of the Land? Or is there a deeper more spiritually-centric version of trust which is a subjectively imposed set of values?
Who do you trust? What do you trust?
Are there areas in your life where Trust has had to be re-evaluated?