When we think of currency we tend to think of money. Some of the more intellectual or business minded in the group may also ponder time, resources and commodities as well.
Anything that can be traded between humans that has value or worth is a currency. If it holds mutual value and can be offered or denied, it’s a currency.
Trust is a currency. You may not have ever thought of it that way, but it is. It’s the currency that underlies all others. Take away trust and the dollar becomes worthless, our time becomes meaningless (to others) and our resources don’t matter.
Power and authority are currencies as well, but they are just as vulnerable as every other currency to the trust/value equation.
We should think about that when we read stories about people dying in snow storms after calling 911 ten times, paramedics lying about their treatments when things go wrong and EMT’s walking away from seizing pregnant women. We can argue about the details and the operational minutia, but it doesn’t make the story go away.
Trust is a currency.
What do you think about that?
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