We are designed to go through life in small groups, and forming those groups requires that we trust at least a select few people. You absolutely cannot let yourself get into the mindset that everyone else in existence is in on one huge game of “See who can fuck you the most creatively.” How egocentric is that? It is, in effect, saying that you are the only morally sound person on the planet. Add in a few hallucinations, and you’re virtually diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
That doesn’t mean that you have to enter a room with rainbows shooting out of your asshole. Nor does it mean that you have to put on a blindfold and fall backward into every relationship to see if they catch you. There are indeed plenty of dickwads out there who will try to take advantage of you at the drop of a hat. But it also doesn’t mean that you have to approach every person in the same manner as you’d approach a rattlesnake.
That’s for people looking to avoid the hard work of opening themselves up and building connections to others. They’re not being cynics. They’re being lazy.— Cracked, 5 Common Pieces of Advice That Are Almost Always Wrong
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