How do you decide whom to trust?
If it’s someone you know well, you can use their track record. You know you can trust people who have proven themselves honest, and not people who are habitually deceptive.
It’s more difficult with strangers. You don’t have history to fall back on. Some people are more analytical – looking at what evidence they have, asking themselves whether the person in question has a reason to lie, what do they stand to gain from honesty or deception? Others go with their gut, intuitively feeling that this person can be trusted or not.
I can think of two specific instances when I had to decide whether or not to trust a stranger on the spot. In one case, I did trust them, and things turned out great. In the other case, I did not trust them – and I’ll never know how things would have turned out if I had. Both times, I could not explain why I did or did not trust the person. One just “seemed” ok, and the other made me nervous for no reason I could pinpoint. In retrospect, I may be able to come up with some kind of rationalization of why I would trust a stranger or not, but in the moment, I decide intuitively.
The section of Dust (Heirs of Neverland #1), by Kara Swanson, that we read this week presented us with 3 different men Claire had to decide to trust or not.
First was James Hocken, alias Captain Hook (I knew it!). I found myself wanting to believe his story, despite the fact that he stands to gain something from deceiving Claire and the other fact that he is the villain in the story we all know. Then, he also clued Claire in to the pub the Lost Boys frequent, in order for them to capture her and apparently force her to cooperate with him. Despite his track record, I believe there are elements of truth in his story.
Next was Officer Jeremy Darling, who is from that Darling family after all. This is the Guardian that Peter was so anxious about talking to in last week’s chapters. He is tasked with somehow keeping Neverland and the real world (“our” world? kind of…) separate and whole, protected from each other. I feel like I should trust him, but I’m a bit suspicious. Since we first met him at the police station, he has been hiding the truth. What isn’t he saying? His reaction to witnessing Claire’s dust was reassuring, though.
Third was Peter. Officer Darling/the Guardian told him, “You’re not the good guy, Peter Pan. You’re just the other one vying for control of Neverland.” Peter seems to believe he’s trying to save Neverland. (From what? The destruction everyone says he caused?) I am very suspicious of him. We know that he’s lying to Claire, since he couldn’t reveal his real identity to her. Claire admitted that she is biased against Peter, saying to herself, “Perhaps my own hatred and distrust of anything Peter Pan is overshadowing the elements of this story that are worth trusting. I need to keep my eyes open, but maybe I need to have a bit of faith too.” Lily, however, seems trustworthy, and she also believes that Peter is the best hope for Neverland. So…[shrugs].
Most of the time, truth lies somewhere between the various perspectives given. I am sure that is the case here, too. I wonder: what really happened to Conner? Will Claire reconnect with N or is his part in the story done? What does it mean that Neverland was torn apart?
Join me in the comments! Do you decide whether or not to trust people analytically or intuitively? What do you think of Hook, Darling, and Peter? Should Claire trust any of them?
Here’s the reading schedule for the rest of the month:
June 15: Ch 19-28
June 22: Ch 29-38
June 29: Sabbath Week at VA so no Book Club
In July we want to get excited about the Olympics! We will be reading Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian- My Story of Rescue, Hope and Triumph by Yusra Mardini.