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DB: Once You Realize It’s a Game, Play.
The problem with knowing is that you don’t. You never really do, do you? We think we know all sorts of things, times and dates, missions and reasons, directions and instructions. But if we really stop and consider ourselves in relation to the world, do we really know anything? (Please excuse my obvious detour into nihilism, and know that I realize if nothing can be known, then I can’t know it enough to tell you) My point is, you can drive yourself mad pretty quickly if you realize that you don’t actually know anything, or you can realize that you, in order to be a member of the everything that is, must trust.
Trust, is then the key to peace in the world of a million voices and a million could be’s and a million could have been’s. I trust that you are reading this, you trust that it is actually me writing it (as opposed to Derek pretending to be me, which is possible). We trust that the stores will open, and they will continue to feed us our food. We trust in the invisible money that hangs out in magnetized strips of black on the back of wallet sized advertisements for credit companies. We trust that when going out, the bouncer at the club will keep the scary drunk guy from following us down the street to our car.
On a local level it is this faith in our fellow humans that keeps us anchored and gives us the confidence to enjoy the city we love. I’m not talking about blind faith either, we all know that there are people who will cheat you in the world, but there are also people who will treat you fair. This week I want to nurture the relationships that I do actually trust, and perhaps risk and trust in some things that may not have proven themselves to me yet. When I look at the people or organizations that I refuse to trust, I find the places in my life that I am not free.
Perhaps we could start a list of businesses and people that are assets in the pool of social capital. Who do you trust?
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