Skepticism and Trust
Often, because of the incessant skepticism I apply to nearly everything, I am accused of being distrustful. I don’t view it that way; I just require proof when most others do not.
I have never been much of a credulous person and most times I find myself questioning even the smallest minutia, nothing is beyond scrutiny. If someone describes for me a particular news event, though I believe them, I look it up to be sure they got the facts right. If a doctor diagnosis my seasonal sneezing as allergies, I heed his advice but I also look it up to verify my symptoms match. If someone tells me they got the bolt tight enough, though stood there and watched them perform the work, I put the wrench on it to see if it budges a little more. I simply just have to verify, for my own sanity, what I have been told is true. Exhausting as it may seem, this drive for proof, is my path to reality.
I don’t like this behavior being called distrust.
Skepticism to me is inquisitiveness. It is a want to learn and verify through data, even regarding things we already ‘know’. It is my way of not being duped, deluded or diverted. I may take the wrong position on an issue but it won’t be because I have been fooled, it will be because I applied some sort of bias. I may apply faulty reasoning to a dilemma, but I will have at least applied SOME reasoning. Granted, there is always the chance of deception, but in most cases the lies will be detected and dispelled.
I am not saying my way is better, but that it works for me. I feel safe relying on my skepticism to lead me through life and, though I trust certain people, it doesn’t mean I will refrain from verifying something they purport to be true. For more on skepticism, read the ten tenets of skepticism.