Trust Issues – Part 1
12 June 2020
As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we believe that numerous problems face humanity and can affect the existence of our species. In the effort of a continuous conversation concerning the problems that face humanity and the potential solutions towards these problems, we feel there is no other time appropriate for a discussion revolving the issue of our species existing in a low trust society.
It should seem apparent for anyone observing our global human civilization that as human beings we operate with a low trust mentality. What does it mean though to operate with low trust? In short, it entails a lack of confidence or reliance on another to do what is right. Now, of course, it is important to note that the concept of what is considered right is of course a subjective sense based on that specific human being’s perspective of the experience they are existing within. Nonetheless, we should all be able to agree that we all have a sense of what we believe is right and wrong and that when we are looking to another to act or think in a manner that aligns with our perspective of what is right, in that particular situation, we may contemplate the level of trust we have in that other human being to follow through in the way we feel is appropriate.
The results of existing within a low trust society have revealed themselves over time and have only seemed to worsen as we drudge through our modern times. We see it every day in the headlines of the mainstream newsfeed. We see it in our sentiments towards politics and politicians. We see it in our systems and institutions, where people do not trust the medical system to religious institutions. Most of all, yet not limited to, we see it in the interactions between one human being and another. We see it in the workplace where employers cannot trust their employees to do their job, and where the employees cannot trust their employers to provide the incentives and benefits for a career that will fruitfully sustain their existence. We see it in our streets where human beings cannot trust our law enforcement officers to ethically and morally do their job, and where law enforcement officers do not trust citizens to be law-abiding citizens due to an external qualitative characteristic that has no bearing on their desire or ability to positively contribute to society. These are just a few examples, and it is crucial to understand that this is just a shimmer of the light that needs to be exposed to the different low trust relationships we have fostered among each other as human beings.
As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we believe the importance lies in searching for potential solutions to these problems rather than just complaining about the issue. Like any problem that we must overcome as a species, we start our search for potential solutions by first examining the initial problem itself and digging to expose the roots of the issue. This leads us to the question, where has this mentality of low trust come from?
To find the answer to why human beings have developed this mentality of low trust we must first look at the concept of trust and in turn what it means to build trust. As human beings, we have all undergone the experience of building trust with another human being, as well as you have probably undergone the experience of losing trust in another human being. What is it though that builds or detracts trust between human beings? In short, trust is built upon one’s ability to act in accordance with another’s expectations. We must understand that these expectations can be set both transparently between the two parties or can be unspoken expectations based upon one’s belief structure of how a human being should morally and ethically conduct themselves. For example, you may trust a colleague to arrive at a meeting at a specific time and specific place due to the fact that was the expectation set between both parties. When you arrive though, you also trust that they will not beat, rob, and murder you in the meeting. Even though that expectation was never specifically stated, it is expected because of one’s belief structure. Now if you were to take a meeting with a procrastinating serial killer than you may not trust when or what will occur, yet again though we set these levels of trust, based upon our expectations.
Understanding why we lack trust in our society can be easily explained by the fact we have both conducted ourselves and experienced an existence where our expectations both, spoken and unspoken, have not aligned with our actions. We hope and expect human beings to conduct themselves in one way, yet we find that they will do the opposite time and time again. If we are to ever find our way out of this low trust society and begin the process of rebuilding trust in society, we must do two things. Join us next Friday as we discuss these two items and our plan of how to rebuild trust within our global human civilization.
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