Post #008: Clarity, trust, accuracy

Sunderland, June 30, 2017

As we grow wiser, we realise the importance of clarity in all aspects of our everyday life, irrespectively of whether these involve some sort of academic activity or not. The “quality of being definite, coherent and intelligible” – as the online thesauri tend to define clarity – is a basis for an effective communication and a prerequisite for a relationship based on logic. Interestingly however, clarity is not a prerequisite for the establishment of a relationship of trust.

Trust is based on empirical feedback and, as a result, it is not only regulated by logic; it is a belief. We “learn” to trust primarily based on instinct, emotion and experience, rather than logic; the latter being defined in the same online thesauri as the virtue of “reasoning conducted and assessed according to the strict principles of validity”. The interesting gap between clarity and trust is gradually bridged in peculiar ways that vary from individual to individual, based on the multi-parametric background of experiences that one piles whilst getting older; language, love, faith, intelligence, education, logic and health are some of the main parameters that shape our ability to appreciate and utilize (knowingly or not) clarity in our trust-building experiences.

One of the most important bridging elements of the dynamic gap between clarity and trust is – in my opinion – accuracy. It is accuracy that introduces a positive affiliation between logic and clarity, and it is accuracy that, when confirmed, cements clarity with trust. On the other hand, embracing accuracy might not come without a cost: it can be a task that requires devotion, time, sacrifice and faith in the vision of bridging the gap between clarity and trust itself. This is particularly important to be remembered by those of us who believe that trust is the closest we will ever get to the truth.


Citation: Zarros A. Post #008: Clarity, trust, accuracy. 2017; 30-Jun.