The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway

Trust is the thing we have lost, and it is killing us. We trust no authority, a healthy impulse that has overgrown its usefulness, like taking too much medicine. We do not trust journalists, police officers, teachers, politicians, scientists, or religious leaders, and for good reason. There are people in each of those professions who have abused the privilege of their position and pissed in the well that we all need to drink from. But most of the people doing those jobs are doing them with a clear conscience and the best of intentions. Most of them have devoted – some have even risked and lost – their lives in the hope of making our society better. It is in the interest of those who want to destroy our society to make the rest of us cynical. It is up to us to trust each other, and also to be worthy of that trust.

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