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By Evan Gass, Grade 12
Trust is something vital for us as individuals and as a society. If we never developed a sense of trust with anyone, we would never be where we are today. In fact, many historic events would never have transpired without trust. For example, great empires or even close friendships would never be possible.

Trust is at the heart of virtually everything. From sports to relationships to war, trust is there. You trust that the person next to you is there for you no matter what, whether it's going to battle or if it’s on the bench waiting for your next shift. You trust that your partner won't cheat on you when you aren’t around. Right now, you trust that your teacher is not only preparing you for that next test but also for life in general.
I believe that everyone deserves a minimal amount of trust. If I don't know you, I will still trust you to a certain extent. I don't care about your past, I don't care if you've destroyed someone's trust in you, I will still have faith in you. Now it's up to you to choose what you do with that trust. Do you waste it by lying or going behind my back? Or do you work to gain even more? It's entirely up to you and the decisions you make. I believe this is where we find out someone's true character.
Not everyone is like me, though. Not everyone thinks trust should be given. Some think it's earned. Some people will make you work for that trust right from the start until the end. They may very well never even give you any trust. These people have often been hurt in the past where someone has ruined and destroyed their trust. Often, at times, these are partners from a relationship who have cheated on us, which breaks the individual and their trust in them.
In a personal example, a while back I was trying to take a chance with a girl. Her past partner had cheated on her, so her trust was already frail. It took a while for her to finally trust me, and even to this day I have no idea if I fully had it. People like this need constant reassurance and it can’t only be with words, your actions are vital to help your case.
I think that being trustworthy is such an under-appreciated quality within our society. I wish everyone I knew had this quality, but alas, this isn't the case, nor will it ever be the case. You can never truly know one’s intentions for you and in return, you should think about the information you give them. So the next time you decide to trust someone, just make sure you know of the consequences of trusting them.
If there is one thing, I’d like you to remember it’s the following: trust can make or break everything. If there’s no trust between two parties, it won't work. We need to be able to have faith in one another, but most importantly we need to actually take the chance to trust someone. That's the most important step. You may get hurt in the end, but if you don't take the chance, you’ll never know the possibilities.