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  •  Do not feel bad (5+ / 0-)

    Believing in people is a GOOD thing. Trusting other's motives (but verifying) is even better.

    I've become a huge cynic since my twenties...when in very short order, due to my naivete and gullibility, I was taken in first by a serial liar, who nearly lied and manipulated me out of a job (before she got herself arrested for fraud and EVERYONE realized what she'd been doing) and an extremely troubled drug addict I believed myself to be in love with. I actually convinced myself this person had late-onset schizophrenia because he "told" me he was not on drugs and I believed him. In the end, the reason this person was so deranged and crazy was because he was a cocaine addict so far gone he was suffering from cocaine-induced psychosis. I spent six months trying to get this person psychiatric help before I realized the truth! I wish that was the end of my list of being taken in by people who did not have my best interests at heart, but they are only the two most egregious.

    I'm over 40 now and I've since developed a finely-tuned nose for BS. I thought John Edwards was a bit of a charlatan from the beginning and never supported him. It didn't hurt that my high school best friend/current NC resident had the experience of having Edwards for a Senator and was decidedly unimpressed. But something about him screamed inauthentic all along, so that was just the cherry on the sundae, as it were. He always struck me as oily...and sure enough, he was.

    But I really do long to erase some of my past and go back to my more trusting days. I never fault people for being taken in by what they perceive as goodness and light. They are showing the best of themselves to gravitate towards those who articulate their ideals, without cynicism or suspicion. I really do still believe MOST people are good, but I do make it my business now to make sure before jumping aboard.

    •  His personality was too "ideal". (0+ / 0-)

      Edwards was the perfect personality according to a lot in our psychological establishment. He exuded not only charisma, but social and emotional well-being-- his lifestyle very closely mirrored James Arthur Ray's Five Pillars of Wealth, before his downfall.
      And I wonder if having so privileged a personality gave him a very special and dangerous kind of hubris, where he believes by virtue of his very example, his successful life and unique ability to relate to others, that he is above it all. Kind of like Tony Blair.

      Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

      by Lucy Montrose on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:21:17 PM PDT

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