“Trust is important, but it is also dangerous. It is important because it allows us to depend on others – for love, for advice, for help with our plumbing, or what have you – especially when we know that no outside force compels them to give us these things. But trust also involves the risk that people we trust will not pull through for us, since if there were some guarantee they would pull through, then we would have no need to trust them. Trust is therefore dangerous. What we risk while trusting is the loss of valuable things that we entrust to others, including our self-respect perhaps, which can be shattered by the betrayal of our trust … (more)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. First published Mon Feb 20, 2006; substantive revision Mon Aug 10, 2020.

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