The High Price of Mistrust | Farnam Street

Source: The High Price of Mistrust | Farnam Street
RE: “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” (2001), by Robert D. Putnam

When we can’t trust each other, nothing works. As we participate in our communities less and less, we find it harder to feel other people are trustworthy. But if we can bring back a sense of trust in the people around us, the rewards are incredible.

Mistrust costs us time and money, sure. But it also costs us a little bit of our humanity. We are sociable animals, and seeing the people around us as a potential threat, even a small one, wears on us. Constant vigilance is exhausting. So is being under constant suspicion.