What is the actual definition of trust? According to dictionary.com, trust is the reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., and of a person or thing. I, personally, think that feel that trust is something that has to be earned with time and can expire in a split second when betrayed. Today, it seems to be extremely difficult to find someone that can meet all of the standards to be considered a trustworthy person. With the constant gossip, drama, and arguments that fill the hallways at Salem High School, I find myself wondering who or how each situation was started. Was it the stereotypical case of he-said-she-said? Was it an athlete that was caught up in a story in the locker room that ruined a young girl’s reputation? Or, perhaps, a friend catching her best friend with her boyfriend? It seems to me, no matter what the scenario is, it all boils down to one thing, who can you trust?
Trust is supposed to be the foundation for friendships and more serious relationships. Many high schoolers have to learn the hard way on who they can and can’t trust with certain information, but does it really have to be this way? With shows like The Hills and Gossip Girl, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that a little drama never hurt anyone and revenge is a logical solution, but as my mother would say, can’t we all just get along?
I wish that we could come to a school every day where no one had to worry about what was being said about them when they walked away from a group of friends and where no one had to second guess if they should have told someone something, for fear of it being spread throughout the halls. I’m definitely not asking for a perfect school environment where the sun is always shining and everyone has a toothy grin plastered on their face, but I am saying that maybe all of us could use a little self-improvement when it comes to trust.
By: Jessica Axsom, Staff Writer