1/There are everyday costs of losing high-trust society. As child, grandparents didn't lock doors, we could go over and just walk in. They liked it. Later on we convinced them to stop this b/c crime was no longer negligible...
2/Sometimes visiting a foreign country underscores this, can feel like traveling back in time. Some friends and I visited a gal in Europe that friend of mine knew. She was student, still lived w/parents. They took all 4 of us in for several days, saw no problem w/this...
3/Had any of us asked our parents if some random Euros could stay with us, the answer would've been a hard "NO." The concern would have been - we don't know these people, they might cut our throats in the night and rob us...
4/But what leads to those thoughts in first place? It's that you can't trust people. In USA, people have distant relationships even w/neighbors, view everyone w/suspicion. If you can't trust your neighbor, you can't trust European friends either...
5/You can't even trust local institutions. Cops pull people over for speeding if they go 40 in a 35 to meet a quota and bring in revenue. Meanwhile someone has called 911 in face of robbery and cops show up 45 minutes later and find the caller dead. The cynicism builds...
6/But my grandparents knew a time when this was not so, when you could leave doors unlocked without concern. Now many Americans don't trust anyone at all. It makes everyday life coarser, less open to new people/experience...
7/Many reasons for this, at least one being the total loss of a common civic culture driven by uncontrolled immigration. But upshot is that young people don't even know what high trust society is, what it feels like...
8/Consequences will be bad. We hear technical terms like "high trust society" thrown around a lot in these circles, but it's important now and again to explain what this means on the ground level, how it makes people feel, how it degrades our existence.

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