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Trust

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Published by Rakesh M Hallen
Trusting is essential for living. In fact human life is based on trust; the trust on religion (god) the trust on knowledge, whether of science or otherwise. The trust on some persons, say doctors, or on certain commodities, say medicines or food products; trust on some organization ( like industries ) whose products we trust to be of unchanging quality, trust on the politicians whom we elect to govern us (believing that they will be honest)
Trusting is essential for living. In fact human life is based on trust; the trust on religion (god) the trust on knowledge, whether of science or otherwise. The trust on some persons, say doctors, or on certain commodities, say medicines or food products; trust on some organization ( like industries ) whose products we trust to be of unchanging quality, trust on the politicians whom we elect to govern us (believing that they will be honest)

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Trusting is essential for living. In fact human life is based on trust; the trust on religion (god) the trust on knowledge, whether of science or otherwise. The trust on some persons, say doctors, or on certain commodities, say medicines or food products; trust on some organization ( like industries ) whose products we trust to be of unchanging quality, trust on the politicians whom we elect to govern us (believing that they will be honest). The media that feeds our mind incessantly. The text written in certain books authored by popular persons, we trust to be wise. Trust our relatives, loved ones (offspring or siblings...) that they will not betray our trust and stand beside us in the time of desperate need. Then we often trust our future, believing that it will remain as good (or bad) as present. But every one knows that, and people ambitious people very often use the trust that people have in them to make gains, whether of power or otherwise.

A thought of Marguerite Theophil comes to my mind: “Accepting unquestioningly all that ‘consensus reality' offers us, we may live relatively safe lives, being fed our answers; never mind whether or not these answers are wholesome, just or humane. So, if the answers teach us that ‘the other' – anyone different in terms of religion, culture, community, gender, or whatever – is to be feared, suspected or even hated, we avoid questions like “Am i/ are we really that different?” Then we also need that people should trust us. For our ambitions we need a large trust fund, a fund that grows. Somewhere I read this thought of some Vinay Kalson:
Every one of us has a trust fund that really matters: the trust of other people. The only question is, how large is it? Many people, not knowing how important a trust fund is to their own success, are practically bankrupt in this critical account. The way to build a large trust fund is simple and straightforward. It involves being accountable for your actions, however large or small, doing what you say you are going to do, delivering on your promises, being on time, and so forth. Anything and everything you do that reinforces your own trustworthiness is like money in the bank. Accountability is derived in both small and large doses. For example, if you tell someone you are going to call them at three ‘o’clock, or pick them up at the railway station, and you do so on time, as you say you are going to do, you earn small credits toward your trust fund. Who, what is then trustworthy or more trustworthy?? Can one really decide, if yes how? For how long can any norms last, for a lifetime or generations to come?

Rakesh Mohan Hallen

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