Trust is central to our life. Our communication is based on trust. The interaction of people with each other, of all kinds and forms, revolves around trust. In human history, people have fallen into all kinds of sin, but rarely have they dared breach trust.
It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said, “When the trust is lost, then wait for the Hour.” It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, how will it be lost?” The Prophet said, “When authority is given to those who do not deserve it, then wait for the Hour.”
It is true that there has always been people who lied and betrayed, but that was done by those who had no integrity, no social position, no authority, and no nobility in their societies.
Trust is not simply part of our morality. It provides the foundation for our communication and interaction with each other. Things are based on trust much more than we think. When a scientist speaks or a professors teaches us, we trust them because not all of us have the ability and resources to prove or disprove them. We trust our doctors, religious clergy, relatives, coworkers, the elderly, leaders, scientists, teachers, professors, or friends because the life becomes much easier. Naturally, we believe that when people talk, they don’t lie. This is a natural expectation. That’s exactly how a child perceives the world. Children are not born as liars; they are taught to lie.
Today lying is the norm. Not telling the truth is convenient. Betraying feels good. Teachers lie, parents lie, the religious clergy lie, scientists lie, the elderly lie, doctors lie, professors lie, politicians and leaders lie, friends lie. Yet, it has become the norm and we don’t recognize the filth of this disgrace any longer because the noble lie more than the common people or masses.
There could be many reasons why the human society has fallen into this condition. It could be the style of life we live, or the destruction of family and tribal system; it could be the spread of atheism and the suppression of religion.
However, I believe that the main reason which accounts for the spread of lying is the British Secularism and the political system that is derived from it. The whole British political system is based on principles that require people to lie. The political power of the British Empire has been based on divide and conquer, espionage, deception, the distortion of historical truths, propaganda, and the control of people through blackmailing, threats, and political harassment, so each of which involves lying.
No political system, civilization, or philosophy has stimulated lying more than the British Secularism. So, we live in a very extraordinary time. The only way to survive is by not trusting; distrust should be the default until proven differently. We shouldn’t trust the government, judges, people, teachers, professors, or even scientists. They are all liars until proven the opposite.