Throughout our lives, we make friends. Whether you are sociable or not, everyone has a friend. Now the question arises, who can we really trust? In the Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes purposefully creates scenarios in where he is able to take others by awe and befriend them through his actions. He is able to befriend Albert and Franz through his actions, as he saved Albert from the bandits. Yet the Count had set that entire scenario up. So is Edmond Dantes a good friend?
The point is, Dantes is a deceiver. So, who can we trust in our daily lives? We may believe we have great friends and that they care for us, but what happens if they’re like Dantes, merely using us for their whims? We really ought to be careful with who we befriend and trust. Even now, just being a student in high school, we question our friends. The trick is not to trust someone too much, unless you’re absolutely sure that they confide the same amount of trust in you as well. As I make my way through life, I hear and even experience betrayal at times. Whether it be from a family member or a friend, betrayal is always hard. Now the point isn’t that you shouldn’t trust anyone at all. The point is that we should really analyze who we befriend and put our faith in. Franz for example, noticed how the Count was peculiar and is slightly suspicious of him. When Mercedes first meets the Count, she recognizes him immediately and warns Albert about him. Sometimes we just need to go with our gut about people.
Who knows who might be out for you?
So just take a step back and think about who you trust. Do they deserve that trust? Are there any opportunities for them to betray you? Betrayal is hard. Avoid it. Just remember that not everyone is who they seem. It’s not to say that you can’t trust anyone at all. Just think about who you’re putting your faith in. However keep in mind that there are people who truly care for you, being smart and being overly protective are two different things. So don’t go around breaking all your ties with everyone, just simply be wary of who you’re spilling your secrets and trust to.
Here are three quotes that you could integrate into your social life.
“Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Invincible
“Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.”
“Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.”
Well, the Count of Montecristo is pretty depressing with all of it’s deception. That is all.