I want to live in a place where they accept checks from anyone. I want to live in a place where you can pump gas first, and then pay later. I want to live in a place where there are no bars on windows, and where they keep lots of cash in the registers all night long.
Why? Because a place like that is a nice place to live.
Conversely, when the opposites of those are true, i.e. they don’t accept any checks because they assume they’ll bounce, and you have to pay before you use cash to pump gas, etc.–you know that you are in an area full of low-quality people.
The concept here is trust–a society’s trust of its own people. When it doesn’t exist you live in a dump. I live in a dump. I’m a nice part of it, but the bad part is awful close, so it’s a dump. I carry a gun at night because it’s a good fucking idea.
So here are a few questions:
- How has this trust level changed over the last 100, 50, 25, 10, or 5 years? Are things getting better or worse in America overall? I realize that my anecdotal reality is worthless, so I seek real data.
- For the areas that still have these high-trust indicators, what does the area look like? What about it should be emulated? Is it the government? The culture? The people? What about it allows it to maintain its high trust level?
I just want to live in a place that doesn’t assume I’m a criminal. The fact that everyone does, because not doing so will hurt them, is an indication that I need to move. ::