Trust is a valuable commodity we all possess and often take for granted. Family and close friends automatically have our trust, simply because they are family and close friends. These are people we have known forever and for some friends, longer than forever, perhaps in another lifetime. And, if we can't trust family or close friends, who can we trust?
In our day-to-day lives, we encounter people who are part of a chain of command--sort of a link to an end-goal. We trust the tellers in the banks to record the correct deposits and/or withdrawals; to record the exact mortgage payments made by the specified date. We trust the post office to sort and deliver the zillion pieces of snail-mail to the right recipients in reasonable time. We trust the butcher who keeps a clean place, packaging and labeling the meat with its correct expiry date and type of cut. There are so many areas where we trust until something happens to break the bond. Perhaps, bags of mail discovered hidden in a basement and never delivered; the unscrupulous butcher who sold infected meat or out-of-date meats; the auto body shop that assessed your car's damage and gave an inflated estimate for replacement parts/repairs; the bank that lost the important payment because the paperwork was never entered in the computer--all probable and all based on a certain trust.
We live in a highly technical age where our name is a valuable commodity. The 21st century has brought about so many changes and so many tech-toys that it is inevitable that "hackers" would be in their own piece of Paradise, stealing our identification and pieces of information about us. Why not--we are out there on Facebook, Twitter, iPad, iPhone, home/work computers and more. We are no longer "private people." I discovered that anyone can be Google including me. Downright scary, isn't it?
When I was growing up, my Grandma's privacy was invaded only by her telephone party-line. It was considered normal--when her wooden wall-phone gave its special ring--everyone on the party-line would pick up simultaneously to hear the news. Today, we have so many more ways of invading privacy and breaking any trust. Back then, when your trust was given to someone, it was accepted in good faith and seriously honoured.
We can never go back in time, only move forward. In embracing a new age, new technology, trust is still a precious commodity that is given only if the person or business is trustworthy. And, to be considered trustworthy, that person or business has to earn it. So, who have you trusted today?