Recent events, both online and offline, have made me wonder why I bother trying to trust people. Most people in this world, are untrustworthy. And life keeps on proving that to me.
There is a lot I could write, but I won’t. And actually I can’t be bothered. I’ve written it all before. Many times. Toxic people, selfish people, manipulative people…. are everywhere.
I am, however, at that point where I am beginning to not even care. I am not shocked by bad human behaviour. I am not shocked by selfishness. I am not shocked by dishonesty.
I find it vile, but I am not shocked.
I’ve been pretty upset about a situation today – that doesn’t even involve me, but does involve people who all claim to be something they really are not. Their capacity to delude themselves, is really strong.
You would think that those educated and knowledgeable about psychology, narcissism, human behaviours…….. would have a better standard for their own behaviour, than they have displayed. And I discerned these people as fake and dodgy, before they even had the opportunity to be toxic to me.
All this proves, is I need to build up relationships very slowly, very carefully and over a very long period of time, before any trust can be considered. This today, has been a needed reminder of that.
And keep in mind, my first counsellor said to me “no-one can ever be trusted 100%”. And I know many of the reasons why.
Dishonesty is at the root of them all.
People being dishonest with themselves, and/or with others.
And the human capacity to rationalise, justify and minimize – any of their own bad behaviours.
It reminds me of one of my favourite quotes, by Carl Jung….
It takes a lot of courage and a deep capacity for honesty – to have true self insight and to truly look at one’s own behaviours, motivations and actions……. and be really honest about them.
Most people don’t have that courage.
A lot of people will say it’s okay that most of society is dishonest. I’ve heard justifications for dishonesty such as “Everyone lies” – to justify lying to someone in a way that is harmful and abusive.
Just because a lot of people do something wrong……… does not make it okay……. or justify it.
But, I am reminded of another very wise quote…
“Wrong is always wrong,
even if everyone is doing it…
And right is always right,
even if no-one is doing it”.
~ Lilly Hope Lucario
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