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Trust (Nairobi)

There is a great sense of mistrust that exists amongst us. We live in a society where the citizen’s don’t trust the governing system; we see cases of corrupt officials who walk free. We don’t trust our education system, many young graduates finish college only to end up unemployed on one hand, and employers on the other hand are supplied with an ambitious yet poorly skilled workforce. We don’t trust our families, and even less those to whom we are married. This leaves us with two options: either put all of our trust in religion or to trust the friends or strangers we meet at our local drinking joints. But in this wild environment of mistrust, you can choose to be different, to be the change you want.

Erik Erikson, in his psychoanalytic theory, identifies eight stages through which a healthily developing human should pass from infancy to late adulthood. In each stage, the person confronts, and hopefully masters, new challenges. Trust vs. mistrust (oral-sensory, birth – 2 years) is the first of the developing stages and plays a crucial role in the life of a child. (Source Wikipedia - Erikson's stages of psychosocial development)

The Germans air mistrust in Greece inability to repay IMF,ECB. We all see what that does to Greece Economy. Despite how we put it, the subject of mistrust has characterized the closure of a number of businesses, it has led to the fall of empires, and it is the genesis of massive revolution such as the Arab spring. Across the world, racism is dressed in mistrust. How often do the whites assume every black person will always be late for a meeting, or black people lack the ability to provide quality services? And how many times have blacks assumed all whites smell the same, or that all whites come from rich backgrounds? Mistrust cuts across the fiber of our being as humans.

We are born in a world of possibilities, in a world of abundance, in a world where we all have the same equal rights as a boy or a girl anywhere on the world. Indian, American, Japanese, Kenyan, Guinean or Paraguayan we are all the same. You may choose not to trust me because of my background, or my color, or your own limitations. That’s none of my business. It does not define who I am, or what I am capable of. It is for this reason that often times am a little bit like Einsteins famous quote, where he has to always ask himself "Am i insane or is the rest of the world?"

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