And trust became lukewarm, hesitant, insecure!, undecided... submissive to profit.
And trust became less and less necessary. Although it was essential, it became judgement. And when those who did not get profit from trust... -"those who did not get profit from trust"- disloyalty was generated.
Perhaps all that deterioration began when "gains", "profits" appeared; when speculative man appeared, producer man, the accumulator one...; slavery.
However -curiously- there are "trustworthy prisoners". Yes, prisoners who have shown, over the years in prison, they adapt, they obey, they consider their sentence fair, and help the jailers to attend to new prisoners who are at risk of self-harm or poor adaptation. "Trusted prisoners"; when a prisoner's fundamental task is to escape.
But trust is essential, because it is what allows communion, a certain common feeling, and an alliance.
But partisanship and sectarianism have fragmented that trust, and everyone trusts "their own" until they no longer trust. Betrayal is the key to not getting what is expected on the basis of trust.
Trust, in its origin, is for free!, but if it is interpreted as a guarantee -i.e. a payment of something that is given "just in case"... damage occurs in a rental, for example- then we already give it a profitable character: of profit
And the Praying Sense claims us; as a warning on the one hand, and on the other hand as a advise. As a warning, in the sense of what is our level of trust, in a general way and in a particular way: is it fragile, is it strong, is it weak, is it intermittent, does it depend on the results...? How would you like others to trust you?
And on the other hand, what is the level of trust of the prayer one before the Creator Mystery?
To what extent does one trust in the confabulation that Providence establishes with each being?
To what extent do we know that "it is there"... and that we can see it, hear it, feel it...? And that happens when we are willing to clear our minds of egomania and idolatry, and our feelings, of possessions.
Whatever the answer of each one of us gives to these two questions –going back to them- the first question is: what, what trust…?, who do I trust?, to what extent do I trust?, do I fully trust -in which case I am through thick and thin- or do I trust partially, it depends: if they are good ones, yes, but if they are the ones I consider bad, no...?
When is trust lost?
For example, if through you a gift is offered to someone, dedicated, and not even a single thanks, a single "thank you" appears, should trust be lost? Is it enough detail to lose trust? Or is it something that doesn’t matter? Worse things will come!
Yes, trust is something that must be shown, exercised and practiced, from the smallest things to the things we call the biggest.
But it is difficult, of course, because personal hedonism and the value given to trust one shows in a single detail, if it is not valued, then... bah!
There is no choice -as a "remedy"- but to realise the vulgar mistrust that is commonly exercised.
And we say "remedy" because it is vulgar. Yes, because they are trusts thinking only of profit. Oh!... How lonely the flower feels when the wayfarer does not look at it! How sad the cloud sails when the passer-by does not look up to the sky! What a soundless lullaby the wind has, when the meditator does not feel its breath!
Oh, such a great sadness there is in words, when they are not heard! Oh! Such desolation, when gratitude is absent!
Such an unapproachable example of trust Creation gives to its creatures, and how little of this trust is reflected in those who are close to us, those who are near by!
We are courted in trust with health, with food, with shelter, with affection. And the being responds more and more with mistrust that asks: "And what... what will be wanted in exchange for what is given?
He who trusts expects nothing in return.
When trust is based on change... it is a process of business, of exchange.
Because, in addition, it is already warned: "Beware of blind faith! Blind faith blinds you and won’t let you see".
Ah, faith...? Ah!, trust!...
"Faith”. Oh! A clamorous guest. A trust-boosting guest, and that is often mistaken for it. And no. No, no. They are allies. But when there is Faith, trust becomes full. When there is no faith, trust becomes doubtful. "Doubtful trust".
And so the usual sentence appears: "I don't trust...". "I do not trust...".
But above all, "I don't trust". And of course, it's an almost endless chain of mistrust.
And he who does not trust and does not believe, does not realise that others do not trust or believe in him either.
And it is not difficult to find examples... we are not going to give a number, but there are examples of persevering trust -with the help of Faith- that last over time, challenging it... and that, not always!, but they bring good fortune. Even when they do not bring good fortune, since trust is allied with faith -or faith with trust- it has been worth trusting.
These are examples, eh?
We believe that there are more than exceptions.
So, with the examples, we could say that persevering trust, with faith, in faith, brings good fortune. That can be like a reminder sentence... Although later it is forgotten, of course! But if it is read with a certain frequency, we can discover in what we trust and others distrust in us. And give them reason to trust us. Move from mutual distrust to mutual trust.
The permanent exercise of simultaneously giving trust... and trusting, and being trustworthy, exemplarily... propitiates and promotes us in faith in the Creative Mystery. It echoes the Prayerful Call, that warns us:
If mutual distrust reigns, the whole is fictitious; the communion is insecure; the future is uncertain.
And in the process of ‘dis-trusting', the being increasingly diminishes in its resources; it gets more and more isolated in its demands, and ends up distrusting itself. And we say "ends", because from that point onwards it is very difficult to make any progress; it is easier to fail -and, of course, blaming it on others.
When trust becomes a habit, options and possibilities are amplified. Consciousness becomes generous. Friendship becomes "true". And loneliness as... as a cause, disappears.
The species is a social species. And based on this, it has acquired a nature, prevalence, an evolution and perseverance. But let there be no doubt! -the Praying Sense tells us- that the obvious signs, the clear warnings of the deterioration of the species and of its proximity to the abyss of its disappearance... are directly proportional to trust between the elements that make up that species.
And it is intimately linked to the Faith... that everyone has in his or her talents.