It’s good to be suspicious

Myth: It’s bad to suspect others.

Fact: It’s always good to be mildly suspicions as it will help you evade some unforeseen troubles and dangers, by gifting you with the powerful armor of extra caution to shield yourself.

Are you vulnerable to trusting someone very easily? To be frank, I am not, or I should say I don’t blindly trust anyone other than my parents, or to put it in a better way, when it comes to people other than dad and mom, I always carry within me a mild dosage of suspicion and carefulness, and my instincts have helped me many times in avoiding some really worst incidents, right before start. So, before jumping in to the conclusion that I am totally wrong, give it a second thought and you will definitely agree to me. A mild dose of paranoia is always good to safe guard yourself; especially when you are in strange places in the company of people whom you don’t know well. This holds true even with people you know, or even when you are walking in the evenings or even travelling in a bus or train. The person near you, walking behind you, or sitting close to you can never me a heavenly angel, and definitely won’t be a thug or a robber always, but a mild level of paranoia will help you protect yourself, and will gift you with the extra sensory perception to anticipate and avert a possible trouble or danger that may be lurking around without your knowledge. Being in a society where murderers, chain snatchers, looters and all the sort of antisocial elements walk around  in the best possible ‘gentlemanly’ face, identifying  and separating the harmful and harmless would definitely be not be as easy as you think. Therefore, it is always good to have a set level suspicion, I repeat it’s a set level, and should not go overboard, as it will definitely help you than do any harm.

I can tell you an example to prove this, as this very evident in case of frequent travelers who are often noticed carefully, trapped, and attacked for money and jewellery. I’ve seen a lot of people in buses and trains who often trust fellow passengers too readily, and start talking intimately as if they were friends for years together. I really wonder why people do bother to talk so deeply to a stranger, just to get rid of the boredom of a journey! There are many other things that can be done during travelling, like reading a book, texting friends, listening to music, or even looking outside and watching people and vehicles around. Yet many people soon walk in to the strangers’ territory and ‘make friends’ in minutes, which I think is the best way to invite a possible danger. To avoid being taken undue advantage of, it’s always wise to keep away from such short chitchats and be aware that you can never measure the level of others’ motives or honesty.

But once you get rid of the shell of blind trust, you can soon find that your instincts would often turn out correct, and you will less likely regret for being suspicious than for being too trusting. Trusting others is never naive, but blind trust is more than dangerous, and trusting people who are less known to you is the worst of the lot. Yes, trust is essential, and is the very core of our life. But that in no way means that you should trust someone blindly and open up your entire self in front of them.  Be watchful, and don’t let yourself pay a huge price for blindly trusting someone.

PS: On the flip-side blind suspicion would also do immense harm if you are not aware of where to draw that vivid yet fine line. So make sure to set your suspicion to the requisite level, and not even a degree more.


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