the road ahead

Damaged Trust
December 2, 2008, 7:20 am
Filed under: business, ministry, spirituality


I was recently reading a study on Socializing a New Generation: Trends That Mark Changes from the Boomers to the Generation Xer’s and Yer’s. Here is an excerpt that really made me think about trust:

“When the security and structure of family and its related support institutions are broken and when young people experience the rise of protection and safety as the highest values, you no longer have the foundation of trust. Without trust, relationships do not operate in a healthy manner, leaving each person isolated and fearful of the very thing that we have been promised will set us free–TRUTH!

Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, has probably written more than any other author on the subject of personal isolation and the loss of trust. He has discovered that in the U.S. from 1960 to 2000 the belief that most people can be trusted fell from 55% to below 40% and for teenagers in the year 2000 it was at 25%!”

Have we become a trustless culture? Will most of our socialization in the future be in the isolated environment of the virtual world?

What do you think?


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Speaking as a Y-er:

We have most certainly become a trustless culture. The lessons I received from my boomer parents consisted mostly of spiritual formation and the golden rule: I need to stay where I can be seen by at least one of them, at all times.

This, however, is not the death toll for the dispersion of the Truth. The search for the Truth remains the same and is sought just as frequently. The only differences are that we don’t trust the people who say they’ve found it already and we don’t advertise finding it, as we assume that it will breed distaste in the mouths of our peers.

Comment by Carrie Mock

We ARE a trustless society and looking at recent world history we may have good reason to be.
But if we all slow down and switch our focus from “Me” to “Us” it will broaden our views. We will see that everything we do or say affects someone else. We are all in this together and must trust each other, that is the world that God wants for us.

Comment by Sharon Faloon

love the picture! another interesting book on this subject is “culture of fear.” fear and trustlessness…chicken or egg.

Comment by caleb j seeling

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