Trust Above Everything


Photo Credit: Terry Johnston


Given the circumstances surrounding the United States’ future, trust is a fitting prompt. No matter who you’re voting for, and no matter what issues are close to you, it’s impossible to argue against the fact that this election and the current state of media is strange. And that’s putting it lightly.

There are over one hundred million United States citizens ready to vote in this year’s election, and if you go by what the media says, it seems that no one trusts one another. Depending on which side you are getting your news from, then it seems that the other side is full of violent, prejudiced, and harmful people. Yeesh.

If logic dictates that the people dong terrible things are always, and will always be in small numbers, then why do we let the media manipulate us using those small groups of people? Trust is the answer, or perhaps lack of trust.

One of the most difficult things to accept as an adult is the fact that trust requires a good amount of naivete. And this naivete usually requires a great amount of bravery. The distrustful quite often like to dismiss many whose ideas don’t conform to their own as naive, and they often confuse bravery with stupidity.

Now, this isn’t to say that you should actively seek to be the most naive person ever, but it’s definitely a good idea to cut yourself some slack in that department. Imagine how much higher the quality of life would be if we allowed ourselves to trust one another. No one would be able to manipulate us based on fear, great ideas would more easily become great solutions, and open discussion in terms of candidates would actually exist.

Truthfully, as much as I hate to give my  opinions on this blog, I can’t wait for this election to be over. With social media and the fact that most people communicate with familiar faces on social media, this cycle has been particularly vicious. We had perfectly good candidates on both sides, and now we’re stuck with highly unpopular candidates. Both have earned their reputations, and both have made this election really weird.

Please vote safe, trust your neighbor, and don’t mistrust one another too hard.



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