I was raised to be careful, cautious and deliberate. It was the way it was where I was. It doesn’t mean there was no trust, it means trust was backed up by performance. You did what you said you would do. It meant (and this is very old school) that a person’s word was a person’s word. Period. A handshake sealed a deal.
I also remember that a person who intentionally did not keep their word/promise was simply a liar, a cheat or a no-good. These are the terms I remember from the culture I was from.
How does one establish trust now? I don’t know if it’s not the same way. Legal trust is law. Voluntary trust is honesty. Only one works for social betterment. Say what you do/do what you say.
“Never trust a man selling a horse with two names,” my grandfather used to say. “She’ll likely answer to neither.” Seth Haines
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and does them may be compared to a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” Jesus