Although we really only think about trust when it is broken, trust is supposed to be "the lubricant or glue " of every functioning society. When trust is broken, we hear words like "devastated, shattered or my world has come apart.""I will never trust him again"(the aggrieved spouse) "I cannot believe that he would do this to me"(the ruined businessman). The treacherous nature of broken trust send us reeling with hurt, disbelief and material loss. All of this is of course lawyer's fodder.So what is trust? Trust implies some sort of reciprocal action. crudely put, "You scratch my back and I will scratch yours" Trustworthiness or responsibility are of course sub-titles of trust. If things evolve more or less 50/50 and both parties are satisfied, we can talk about trust.
There are of course different types of trust. Simple trust happens between parents and their babies. The child is totally dependent on the parents for it's well-being and development. We all know what happens when this trust is broken.
Then we get blind- trust. The beauty industry does well here. They promise to make us more beautiful, younger more ravishing. Money gone, we remain just as we were before until the next product. Blind-trust is evidence shy.A contributor to News24 wrote "The ANC is just in our blood", (do or die we will just continue voting for a party which no longer serves us..........because it is in our blood)The last variant is authentic trust. This kind of trust is neither naive or nor evidence shy. Here one has to have self-confidence in one's own judgement and take responsibility for how things pan out. Lets face it, sometimes things just do not pan out, but excuses are just not part of the package.
Sociologists and historians are now beginning to speak about low-trust societies (hell to live in because of corruption and mistrust) and high-trust societies (usually prosperous and democratic)
The phenomena of trust, because of it's reciprocal nature is also a good tool when measuring what a good leader is or is not. Look at Jacob Zuma, what has he given South Africa? Quite honestly, I personally cannot think of one thing he has done for our country. Turn the question around, what has he taken from SA.....? Nkandla and the Arms Deal, v.v.expensive airplanes to flip around in... Is there any reciprocity? Alas, no.
Early civilizations looked for leaders who were warriors, to defend them against marauding enemies and plunderers. In the Middle Ages spiritual leaders became the leaders because of their "intermediary access" to God or the gods. In today's world it is the scientists and inventors who are deciding the pace and the technical quality of our lives.What today's politicians can decide is, what kind of world we are to live in. Do we want to live in a world of racism, backwardness, cordial hypocrisy, where trust is displaced by mistrust or do we want to live in a world of learning, culture and trust.
Where you place our trust in your private and political life makes an enormous difference, think about it.
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