An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
The lines between who is a friend and who is merely an acquaintance is often blurred in my world. For me friends are people I trust with my mundane life slightly more than those I just met. Though give someone I just met an hour or two and I’ll share almost the same stories.
But how do I know who to trust?
That is a question that isn’t nearly in my mind enough of the time. In fact I’m actually quite trusting of people I met face to face (or in a setting where I am comfortable). It is the general public that I tend to think of as Characterly Challenged. 😛
My distrusting nature is often for people that I have yet to interact with or have seen/heard them do things opposite of what they said they were going to do. Or people who are generally pissed off at the world. (Think Switch)
But is it wrong to be so distrusting then trust someone a little bit before you really get to know them? What is the right level of trust for someone I’ve just met?
Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule that I can rely on to tell me. It seems that instinct rather than logic plays the biggest rule. Which is why I guess a person can be so hurt over an friend’s betrayal.
We see logic fail every day (or at least I do), but our instincts are supposed to be reliable. They are supposed to unshakable. I don’t know why they are supposed to be that way but they are. At least that is how it feels when my instincts are wrong about someone.
I am getting better at accepting that my instincts aren’t always correct in the human world. But put me out in the middle of no where…I think I’ll do just fine. 🙂