Why a book on trust ?

What is more central to our personal survival, the survival of our families, communities and our world than knowing whom and what we can trust? As human beings we have moved from members of small bands of individuals living in geographically small areas to a world community.

“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like an elaborate mosaic.”

Anais Nin

Navigating through the complexities of our lives becomes increasingly more complex almost by the day. I stand in awe of myself and my fellow citizens that we have not fled back to caves and the depths of the forests of our forebears. I don’t know how we’ve kept up; how, even in villages and small towns, the challenges to safe navigation through thickets of information would seem unconquerable. Had we not had built into our minds mechanisms to sort out the trustworthy from the untrustworthy we would have perished long ago.

“Trust and Distrust” is an effort to provide some guidance through the thicket. In the Blog, you’ll find personal reflections and short essays sometimes based on quotes taken from newspapers, magazines, radio, television and movies; sometimes based on random thoughts; sometimes on suggestions from others. Perhaps this will heighten your scrutiny on how the word “trust” is used and abused. Is it used an to inform or to manipulate? Does an argument put forward convince you of the trustworthiness of the author; or, do prior and subsequent actions justify its use.

I hope you will join me in this journey.


“The book itself has such a peaceful and wise quality to it.  The elegant photos that are paired with the words seem just made for each other.  Obviously, a good deal of care went into these pairings.  The book’s invitation for people to stop, think and reflect about themselves, their relationships and their aspirations for their relationships are warmly encouraging.  There is such a genuine tranquil and contemplative quality about the book for anyone who allows him or her self to become immersed in its message.”

William S. Meyer, MSW, LCSW

Associate Clinical Professor

Departments of Psychiatry and Ob/Gyn

Duke University Medical Center

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