Ultimately, we are the greatest losers if we allow ourselves to fall completely out of trust. Think of the innocence of a child. They thrive and enjoy life because they live in trust. We as individuals and societies must become more trustworthy and find ways to nurture trust within ourselves.
Being a trusting individual does not mean being gullible. Gullibility is blind irresponsible misplaced trust. When we place our trust in someone or something with no sensible thought we are responsible for the seemingly surprising negative consequences.
When I find myself struggling with rebuilding trust I remind myself that I don't really have to trust anyone but God. Being in tune with the Holy Spirit helps me know who and what to trust, and to heal from broken confidences.
Learning from the destruction of our trust is the best gift we can give ourselves. Regardless of whether our trust was innocent, blindly placed, or carefully considered we choose the lessons we learn. We can be more careful of who we place our trust in yet give our trust willingly, or we can withhold all trust and loose touch with what is trustworthy. We always have a choice.