Dilemmas of trust by Trudy Govier

By Trudy Govier

"In Dilemmas of belief Trudy Govier explores the profound impact belief and mistrust have, not just on relationships, but additionally on our feel of self. through encouraging mirrored image on our personal attitudes of belief and mistrust, she issues easy methods to a deeper figuring out of our relations and ourselves."--Jacket.

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For some, belief in a Christian God is reason to trust human beings, whom they regard as creatures made in God's image. For others, such belief warrants acceptance of original sin, and it provides a basis for generalized suspicion and distrust. Religious beliefs have supported inclusive systems, a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood among all human beings. They have also supported exclusive systems, in which a contrast between True Believers and the Others is the basis for suspicion of outsiders.

To be sure, there are in modern life many obstacles to the development of friendships. But judging from common experience and the evidence cited in other accounts of friendship, most people succeed in making and maintaining friends and find their friendships extremely rewarding. Friendship is a close reciprocal relationship between two equal people who care deeply for each other, enjoy snared activities, exchange The Focus of Friendship 31 confidences, know each other well, are loyal to each other, and want to spend time together.

Friends exchange confidences, have intimate communications, tell each other things they would not tell just anyone. This confiding requires trust that the other will listen and understand, will continue to accept us, keep secrets, and not use confidential information against us. Talking with friends means being able to tell them what we would not tell just anyone and have our feelings and stories acknowledged. A friend will empathize with us, react, comment, question, perhaps contradict us, work out what things mean, share joys, commiserate, seek solutions for problems.

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