The Importance of Trust in Human Evolution
Insightful Questioning is the “Lead Intellectual Arrow” and Trust is the “Lead Cultural Arrow” (in a quiver of multiple, interactive causative processes) of human evolution that direct the course of history, the fate of nations, and the destinies of people.
Trust is a key determinative factor in the creation of synergy -- the Holy Grail of the human spirit.
Trust has played a massive role in the evolution of society as a whole. When communities trust, people flourish, as exemplified by the Greeks and their Golden Age of Innovation.
And when trust is replaced with actions marked by high levels of distrust, societies decline, as evidenced by the Dark Ages, World Wars, and many African and Middle Eastern nations today.
For centuries, sociologists have thrashed the dilemma of why societies don’t evolve on an ever-upward path, especially given the seemingly limitless learning capacity of humans. Trust is the determinative factor in directing the ascendance, descendance, or stagnation of any social group, whether it be a family, a business, a community, or a nation.
One’s ability to trust prudently may be the most important social skill in humankind’s repertoire.