Trust is like a laughter. It’s infectious.
No, it really is, it spreads like a virus.
Which means the opposite is true: that fear and loathing is also inherently viral. We are, after all, hyper-social primates who survive by sharing and copying others. That’s how we learn, by spreading viruses, both literal and metaphorical.
We are virus-spreading machines.
But knowing this, knowing that culture is something that can be weaponized for good or ill, is what makes us so damn powerful a species.
And so there we are.