On Trust and Luck

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: trust is not an asset; it is a vulnerability. In an often-cited research paper (“Murder in Families” from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=143498), 6.5 percent of murder victims were killed by spouses, 3.5 percent by parents, 1.9 percent by children, 1.5 by siblings, and 2.6 percent by other family members. Trust generates false assumptions and relaxed vigilance which weakens our natural defenses.

Luck is a euphemism for risks which refers to probabilities that something that may or may not have an impact may or may not happen.

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