Use your own context and relationships to fill in the details but I think this question and its associated sub-question that have been forming in my mind are relevant? Here it is "In what ways are your internal thoughts and process as well as your external conversations leading to the building of trust between people?"

  • Are you the kind of person people can trust with their inner thoughts, to value, respect and keep as sacred? 
  • Are you the kind of person that people can trust that what is told in confidence will not become material for a good laugh with others?
  • Are you the kind of person who uses other peoples obvious flaws or mistakes to further your own power and status (even if it is just with in yourself...'at least I don't do or I can't believe she did...etc)
  • Are you the kind of person who people know they can speak to and receive understanding, compassion and non-judgement?
  • Are you the kind of person who uses 'concern' (as in I am concerned about this or that...) as a way to position yourself above others?

Imagine a relationship, family, neighbourhood, community, country or world that seeks to foster trust (instead of fear and insecurity) between people. With trust between people, isolation (a major problem in our contemporary world) dissolves and the kind of relationships we need to address much of the ills our world faces can be cultivated. Trust is sacred, something that takes time to build. It's not a quick fix solution but I think is the only meaningful and lasting solution to the kinds of humane and egalitarian relationships we so desperately need and desire.