The Trusting Primate
Many people are intoxicated with Suspicion. They claim they are suspicious of everything. And why not? What’s worth trusting? After all, heroines and heroes have all but disappeared from the scene these days, except in fantasy stories. As that is the case, this view may have something going for it. But I wonder if such elevated toxicity levels could be a problem, since it seems that no one is entirely suspicious. Here’s why. Trust always precedes suspicion, thus suspicion presupposes trust because we have to trust the accuracy of our suspicions, or we wouldn’t have them. I’d wager humans are first strike trusting primates and can’t help but trust, and this may indeed be a revealing insight concerning an important dimension of who we are.