Wisdom of the Ancient Chinese: Trust

the Chinese word for trust is ,it is comprised of 2 parts: , meaning person/people/individual, and , meaning words/speech.

So to trust is to take someone at their word.

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it?

Think about our lives, we actually function on trust a whole lot more than we would think.

For example, we breath because we trust that the next breathe is not going to kill us. If we trust that the next breathe could kill us, like when we are underwater, we will try our best NOT to breath!

Simply because we cannot and are not physically possible to test everything, we trust someone else has, and the results are being shared correctly. This is actually the idea of infinite regress, but that’s a lot more philosophical and it will be for another time.

Let us just say that at the root of any and every piece knowledge is trust: we must trust the source of that specific knowledge, whether it is from your own senses or from other people’s.

That being said… whose words do you trust? On whose words are you forming your knowledge about this world? About life? About your own life?

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. ~ Psalm 118:8

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. ~ Proverbs 3:6

Furthermore, this is also a reminder for us to watch our words carefully. To be trustworthy is

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one (Matt 5:37)



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