Trust is the foundation of all relationships — personal, financial, and professional. If you want people to patronize your business then you must convince prospective customers that they can trust you. If you want someone to vote for you or your political cause, they must trust you and what you are telling them about the issues and the state of affairs in the world. If you want to build friendships, or find romance in your life you must trust other people and prove yourself trustworthy in return — even in casual situations where perhaps all you are looking for is personal sexual gratification. Trust is at the heart of all of this.
Many times I’ve been asked the question “what is the line between faith and gullibility?” I could never answer that question because I really do not know. Perhaps the answer to that can never be known in the present, but only by looking at the past and thinking about the choices we make through the distance of time.
But what I do know is that the person who never trusts and is never trustworthy achieves and gains absolutely nothing. To live is to risk. To play it safe is to be trapped in loneliness and depravity. Yes you might get hurt. You might get cheated. You may choose badly and not realize it for a long time.
All you can do is your best. Live your life with integrity. Earn the trust of those around you. Give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove unworthy. I would far rather trust and connect with people than not trust and live alone and isolated.
Take that chance and trust. The rewards are worthwhile.