Do You Remember To Trust and Verify?

Trigger Question #57

“What? Don’t you trust me?”

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It seems an appropriate time in world and local affairs to remind you of “trust but verify.”

You probably know it as a phrase then-president Reagan often used during the nuclear disarmament discussions with Russia.

You might not know the origin of that saying, so I will tell you. It is a Russian proverb! (You don’t trust me? You can verify it on-line. Go on. I’ll wait.)

Why is this saying so appropriate today? Because we are doing the exact opposite. We mistrust and we don’t verify. We assume from the start that we cannot trust “them” and so we don’t verify why we cannot (or can) trust “them.”

By “them” I mean our fellow citizens, our neighbors, our colleagues and our employees. By “them” I mean those people “not us.”

When we habitually mistrust, we are complicit in creating distrust. A society without trust cannot function. Neither can capitalism. Nor your organization. And forget about your relationships.

Thankfully, we can easily reverse a habit of mistrust. All it takes is for us to “trust but verify.” After all, it worked to prevent something far more horrifying than what are often mere petty squabbles.

You can trust me on that.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.

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