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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans

We trust others like we trust ourselves

My motto is trust but verify. I borrowed it from Ronald Reagan who borrowed it from a Russian proverb (Wiki). To a large extent, my motto avoids distrusting and/or mistrusting most people (difference). I trust myself, except for my “addiction” to (Dutch) liquorice confectionery a.k.a. “drop(jes)”. Once they’re in stock, they must be eaten. Mostly, I can refrain from buying them. 

In multi-party democracies (eg, the Netherlands), you need to trust people from other parties as you need to cooperate with them. In bipartisan countries (eg, Brazil, UK, USA), cooperation has been replaced by competition. There is no need to cooperate and thus no need for trust. As a result, Democrats and Republicans do not trust each other (eg, Pew Research Center).

Distrust and/or mistrust are present in 6 out of the 7 Belief systems, except for Love. In my 2020 blog, I stated that Love is the only belief system that is unselfish. All six others are looking for advantage (my blogs) and thus selfish. I think, feel and believe that this drive for selfishness is creating distrust and mistrust.

Some examples of selfishness in the other six belief systems: (1) Money (eg, greed), (2) Philosophy (eg, identity politics), (3) Politics (eg, Conservatives vs Labour), (4) Religion (eg, Christians vs Muslims), (5) Science (eg, anti-ageing, life extension, transhumanism), and (6) the Truth (eg, denialism). 

Our unselfishness in Love may well be the reason that heartaches run so deep and so long. Pain in the other six selfish belief systems appears to be short though hefty

If cooperation is the default in life and nature, why do humans compete amongst themselves?

Perhaps, the answer is in a recent Science Daily article: “Humans were apex predators for two million years, study finds”. Wiki: “An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator or top predator, is a predator at the top of a food chain, without natural predators”.

Prey must cooperate to survive (eg, herd behaviour in animalsshoaling and schooling of fish, swarming of birds and insects). Predators can either cooperate or compete with each other. 

Perhaps, it’s as simple as this: apex predators trust each other like they trust themselves.

“Vulnerability–not hunger, not anger, and certainly not spite–is the key to predator-prey relationships. The skill and viciousness of the hunter matters less than the size, speed, strength, health, and ferocity of the hunted. Vulnerability explains why large predators tend to kill the old, young, and sick members of prey populations. Predators eat the mild and weak because those are the animals they can catch and kill.” A quote from Vicious: Wolves and Men in America by Jon T. Coleman.

A Little More Trust (1973) by David Ruffin (1941-1991)

artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Exercised a little more trust, we thought a little harder ’bout us 

We both took time to care whenever we felt despair

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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