Trust is a prediction of reliance on an action, based on what a party knows about the other party.
Guardian Unlimited writes “Trust is institutionalized optimism. It is the assumption that everyone is on their very best behavior until proven otherwise. Like optimism, trust is largely self-fulfilling. If you trust everyone, you’ll be ripped off a few times. If you trust no one, you’ll only be pleasantly surprised a few times.
People will give you credit once. Repaying credit is what earns you trust. Not being trusted is like being on a credit blacklist – you end up being excluded from all the good things in life. Relationships that work are based on trust. Having a pre-nuptial agreement is like signing a big form saying, “I don’t trust you.” Most people are pretty trustworthy. A telltale sign of people who aren’t is that they often say, “Trust me.” Generally, this is the prelude to something rather dodgy happening. What it really means is, “Don’t trust your gut instincts about me.”
Quality of life is largely a question of how many people and things you can trust. Trusting a train to get you to the one you love contributes to a good quality of life. A late train to your unfaithful spouse doesn’t. Many people put their trust in God, which is like a big metaphysical saving scheme for the next life.
Those who don’t believe in God prefer trust funds, which are big practical saving schemes for the next generation. The entire legal profession is based on mistrust. Because you can’t trust everyone, you have to rely on the law to enforce matters of trust between people. No one trusts lawyers because they’re obliged professionally to advise against trusting anyone. The rule is that the lower your expectations of someone, the more you can trust them. For example, everyone trusts the tabloids to scrape the barrel of journalism and they always deliver. There is a certain type of person you wouldn’t trust further than you could throw them.
With the general rise in obesity, you can actually throw the average person an even shorter distance than before, and therefore trust them concomitantly less. People prone to exaggeration often say, “I would trust him with my life.” This is meaningless in the same way as saying, “I bet you a million pounds.” Saying, “I would trust him not to lick my Sherbert Dib-dab” has meaning. That’s why a good way of seeing whether you can trust people with big things, is to see whether they’re trustworthy with the little things.