Trust As Social Capital

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (Alexander Antonovskiy, PhD, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences): “Rationality (usefulness, value, probability) of an individual action is associated with rationality of correct investment in some future.

“By implementing the action ‘for the sake’ of another, a doer gets a kind of ‘bill of exchange,’ forms within himself and others an expectation that the other doer will return the favor or help.

“The sum of these mutual bills of exchange, waiting for their payment, comprises ‘social capital,’ which function, as well as any capital, to ensure and facilitate actions that every doer cannot perform alone.

“Trust is a condition of the functioning of capital. That is, communication is rational if it becomes a successful investment in the development of social connections between doers, from whom the ‘dividends,’ if necessary, can be obtained in the future.”

My Comment: Everything could be fine, but the program of nature is not taken into account, according to which we have to become aware of our nature as egoism, evil, up to the point of hating it, desiring to get rid of it.

Therefore, despite all our tricks, we will feel worse; the crisis will develop further; we will become aware of being enslaved by our egoism and will have to seek the ways of exiting this “Egyptian slavery.” The tendency to trust and other good intentions will only accelerate the revelation of the evil of our nature.

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