We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Trust is a fascinating topic mingling, as it does, personality tendencies (especially extent of projection of one's own evil impulses and thoughts) with cultural or subcultural norms and rational expectations. There are trust cultures and distrust cultures.
Life has slowly taught me to be less trusting than I am naturally inclined to be, given my cocooned upbringing. I am most trusting, rightly or wrongly, of my own sort of people amongst whom, on the whole, there are strict and agreed-upon codes of behavior.
What exactly do you hope to achieve with this post, DJB? Is this some sort of psycho-metric assessment of your readers? Do you have a crack team of black-hats peering into my machine as I respond to your post? I'm wearing a tinfoil hat, thereby foiling any attempts you're making right now to read my thoughts or control my actions! And the only information on my machine is a collection of Julia Child's recipes under a layer of 128-bit encryption.
Dr. Bliss, do not ever loose your sense of trust. Yes, I agree, it can be difficult but please consider this: Only the truly strong can be naive or gullible. Those who are weak cannot afford to be naive; they cannot afford to trust.
Life, I fear, has given you the right information which you have taken to a wrong conclusion. Your writings speak clearly to your strength and integrity. These are attributes of the wise and the good. They are also attributes of the naive and the gullible. We can afford to trust, we can afford to be naive, we can reach out "just one more time" because we have these strengths and choose to exercise them.