Most of the time we believe what we hear. And too often we hear—and then believe—things that are not true. But imagine how hard it would be to question every fact and underlying assumption you hear or read throughout the day.
Your brain acts like a sponge soaking up conversations with family and friends, daily news reports on TV and radio, information in emails and social media posts. It would impossible to test and probe every sentence from every source for complete accuracy. Even getting through one hour—much less a day—would be almost impossible. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
To efficiently navigate life, we learn to trust people and institutions. Your life runs on trust for many things we take for granted. Trust undergirds our financial system, our justice system, our transportation system and provides the glue to hold our social fabric together. Without trust we would live in a world of paralyzing fear and violence.
However, it’s important to recognize when it’s time to switch off your trust autopilot and begin questioning assumptions. If you don’t, you can make painful mistakes and walk blindly into bad decisions.
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