Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Residence of Fear and of Trust

Where do people live when they are primarily driven by fear of other people?

Where do people live when they are primarily driven by trust in other people?

I am working on a new research project.  I have been wrestling with the core question.

Today, I think this is it.


Mac said...

You pose two extremely interesting questions, or rather, two sides of an interesting philosophical coin. A little clarification would be useful. I doubt that you are speaking in geographic terms. Am I correct in interpreting the phrase “Where do people live when….” to mean “Where are they emotionally/spiritually/intellectually grounded at the various times that they live in fear or in trust?”

Mac said...

"emotionally/spiritually/intellectually centered" might be better?

Gruntled said...

I am actually thinking geographically. I am looking at who lives in gated communities and low-density exurbs, versus who lives in inner-city and trolley suburb dense neighborhoods. This is a "big sort" study, as well as a class culture study, looking just at the college-educated class.

Mac said...

Then I look forward to your findings. I'm not certain, and your study will attempt to answer this, that picking a neighborhood in which to live has much to do with trust in your fellow man. But then, I have not really trusted anyone, other than combat-arms combat veterans, since 1969. I have a doctorate, have lived around the world, and my constant model has been: I trust combat veterans until they demonstrate to me that they are untrustworthy (and I have found that when they know I am a combat veteran, too, they rarely disappoint me). I do not trust anyone else until they demonstrate to me that they are trustworthy (and I have found that a majority do not rise to that level). Whether living in a gated community, in the city, or in a rural setting, my model has not changed and has been pretty accurate.