Undue concern about that act of trust would have got us labeled as anything from having a flying phobia to suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder. If you're an executive, your company would send you to a mental-health expert.
Well, with the suspicion that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the plane, that assumption is blown into millions of bits. And one wonders if this newest evidence that, no, we shouldn't trust, will register in Edelman's famous Trust Barometer. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2016, will Edelman cite this incident and its implications.
Thought leaders, especially those engaged in political campaigns, have to reconfigure the existential and pragmatic meme of trust. Why should I trust any candidate enough to cast a vote for that future leader?
Take that a step further. Why should a society be making appointments for life such as to the U.S. Supreme Court or to a tenured academic position when there is no way of knowing how those professionals will comport themselves over time?
Reflection: Is trust a reckless disregard for the dark side of mankind?