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Monday, December 22, 2003

Trust and Faith

Understanding the distinction between trust and faith brings clarity and simplicity into thinking.

Trust:

1. "a rational expectation of a particular result or behavior based on prior experience" as in "he can be trusted to arrive on time"

2. "a reasoned expectation of honesty and overall good behavior, based on prior interaction" as in "I trust him like a brother"

Trust, in other words, is earned. Trust without a basis in experience, logic or reason is not trust, it is Faith.

A person might be cautious not to confuse these two terms and remain available to the clarity that is obtained.

Faith:

1. "an expectation of an outcome based on expedience or necessity, rather than experience" as in "I had no time to test the program, so I had to run it on faith"

2. "an unreasonable or illogical expectation of an outcome intended to inspire others in that outcome and produce results" as in, "Ghandi had faith in a free India"

A person who has understanding of these definitions of trust and faith can employ them as tools in appropriate situations and as a means of understanding complex social issues.

These memetic distinctions are crafted so as to empower the person who uses them. They are not intended as "truth" or to be "dictionary correct" definitions.

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