Trust is a peculiar thing. To some degree, trust is often illustrated in media and literature as something to be gained or lost, some elusive construct or feeling, some binding contract between people and societies and entities that seems to have a lasting impact on relationships, science, and history. Sometimes, trust is depicted as a feeling one builds toward another over time, after one follows another’s advice and sees that things turn out okay (see: trusting your doctor, parents, or stock broker). Other times, trust is something that is acquired in an instant through a “leap of faith,” a behavioral affirmation through which one throws oneself into action at the complete mercy of another (see: princess Jasmine jumping aboard the magic carpet following Aladdin’s imploring, heartfelt, “do you trust me?”). Sometimes, however, trust is something we lean upon when we are forced to disengage our own tendency to control and allow others to take the lead instead (see: the evolution of a “trust fund,” money that you cannot manipulate and, though it is yours, is entirely at the liberty of a third party). Trust is indeed complicated.
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