Video from KarmaTube
To trust or not to trust ... perhaps that is the question?
Our reptilian brains have evolved to distrust "the other". This has served us well from an evolutionary standpoint, where our basic survival was at stake. But now, in an ever expanding, connected, enlightened world, where civilization has helped to provide for our basic needs, is this who we wish to be?
I mean it is a basic question -- is the glass half full or half empty? Are you a trusting person or not?
It sort of "defines" your world view.
And yet there is a persistent drum beat of skepticism, cynicism, and out-right fear mongering that makes up much of the current day information feeds. It takes a strong-willed person to ignore the "click-bait".
I have always been served well by conceptual test if a given idea is a good one or not: does it scale?
Just imagine two worlds. One world in which there is no trust, every stranger is assumed to be a foe, or out to take advantage of us, where we close up and constrict at every interaction and exchange with others. Or another world in which you give each person you meet the benefit of the doubt, an assumption of good intent as the basis for interaction, allowing us to be open to new possibilities or new experiences.
To me there is only one answer to the question "to trust or not to trust." Decide which world you want to live in, how you wish to go through this world, whether you will be at peace with your fellow man. Or better, be at peace within yourself. And feel the connections, community, and support of others.
Just like the young man in the video.
Oh, and I trust my next post will not have to wait another three years. That was a bit excessive. ;-) Let the games begin!