Trust is what you get when you can tell someone else your absolute deepest darkest secret, and be sure that the other person will never ever reveal anything you have told them to another living soul, or even to a dead one. A great way to lose someone's trust is to bring up someone's deep dark personal secrect in casual dinner conversation. Even if it's silly and inconsequential to you, it's somebody's life to them.

In a somewhat ironic concept of marketing or brand name choosing "Trust" is also the brand of a local condom here in the Philippines. It is supported by the Department of Health and is even given away for free during World AIDS Day events and other such sexual health and reproductive health awareness thrusts.

It is actually manufactured in Malaysia because I suppose .ph has no facility for manufacture of such delicate stuff. It comes in traditional condom flavors like mint, strawberry, and even ughh, chocolate.

It is relatively cheap at Php5 per pack of 3, US$1:Php50 as of today. How it is manufactured so cheaply and yet still maintain it to be quite durable will become evident after the first few humps. These rubbers are so thick I swear it was like wrapping your schlong in duct tape before penetration.

Not that I have ever wrapped myself in duct tape or anything, honest.

Hey you, quit staring at me like that, it ain't polite you know.

Assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person; confidence; reliance.

Webster makes it seem so easy - and peaceful - "resting of the mind". So many good qualities - integrity, justice, friendship. These betray the hidden nature of trust which waits lurking in the shadow of its definition.

Trust is an exercise in Naivete

Everyone is cynical enough at one time or another that they laugh at the naivete of someone else. From "gullible isn't in the dictionary" to "I love you". And so we trust - only to be lead astray by those who we thought spoke the truth.

Trust is the first step to betrayal

Every step you take that brings you closer to another person just makes it that much easier and more painful when stabbed in the back or when they suddenly run away - leaving you alone and hurt. After time spent needing someone, the emptiness left afterwards is devastating. Having forgotten how to be yourself without having someone else to walk down the path of life with you run quickly - caution to the wind to another person to walk with. Each step faster than the last only to repeat the cycle again.

Trust is an open door, inviting pain

It is only after we open our selves up, and let others be near us that the crushing blows to the heart can be felt. Straight to where it hurts, we have instructed them. "Hit me here, this is where it will hurt the most."

Called "the greatest contribution of the anglo-saxon to jurisprudence" (I forget who said that, but he was French), the concept of the trust, and of equitable title form an integral part of the theory of property in English jurisprudence.

In English law, there are two kinds of title: Equitable title, and legal title. Legal title is the right to bring common law actions concerning the ownership of the property (essentially); equitable title is the right to enjoy that property. Where both kinds of title are not vested in a single person on his own, there is a trust.

An example of this is where I give my friend Dave my shoes for the use of my unborn nephew Bob, but only on Wednesdays. The equitable title vests entirely in Bob, so he may demand that Dave give the legal title over to him also. If I were to have stipulated the term that Charlotte be allowed the shoes on Fridays, then if Dave should give either of them the shoes on a different day than that appointed, the other could sue Dave for breach of trust. They could, of course, demand that he give the shoes over to their joint ownership entirely, again ending the trust.

The consequence of the equitable title theory is that trusts are not, in the ordinary way of things, revocable. Once the equitable title has vested in a beneficiary, the settlor may not revoke the trust. On the other hand, if a trust is created (entirely) for beneficiaries who do not exist yet, or are unascertainable, the equitable title remains with the settlor, and may demand the onjects of the trust back. As the beneficiaries don't actually exist yet, they can't petition the courts to stop this, and the property is (in equity) that of the settlor still.

The origin of the trust

The trust originated during the crusades, when land could only be held by men. Men could claim any old land if there was no other man with a better claim around. This was bad, as your wife and kids could be turfed out onto the street, while you went off to kill infidels. So, many a man entrusted his entire estate to his mate, Lucius. Unfortunately, sometimes Lucius turned out to be less of a friend than thought, and would grab the land for himself, turfing the lady and kids out. On his return, the knight would be like "Holy Fuck! That bastard stole all my shit!". Unfortunately, at common law there was nothing to be done, so the knight had to petition the king to do the equitable thing. Chancery court developed, time passed...

On a side note, the trust was used as an inheritance tax-dodge, by placing all of one's estate with a group of trustees. Before the rule against perpetuity, as long as there were always trustees, no-one inherited, so no tax. Henry VIII didn't like this.

Trusts come in many different forms, and can be classified in many different ways. I do not propose to give the subject a full treatment here (Try Snell's Principles of Equity). I will happily list related nodes below.

Trust (?), n. [OE. trust, trost, Icel. traust confidence, security; akin to Dan. & Sw. tröst comfort, consolation, G. trost, Goth. trausti a convention, covenant, and E. true. See True, and cf. Tryst.]


Assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person; confidence; reliance; reliance. "O ever-failing trust in mortal strength!" Milton.

Most take things upon trust.


Credit given; especially, delivery of property or merchandise in reliance upon future payment; exchange without immediate receipt of an equivalent; as, to sell or buy goods on trust.


Assured anticipation; dependence upon something future or contingent, as if present or actual; hope; belief. "Such trust have we through Christ." 2 Cor. iii. 4.

His trust was with the Eternal to be deemed
Equal in strength.


That which is committed or intrusted to one; something received in confidence; charge; deposit.


The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.

[I] serve him truly that will put me in trust.

Reward them well, if they observe their trust.


That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.

O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth.
Ps. lxxi. 5.

7. (Law)

An estate devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will, or for the benefit, of another; an estate held for the use of another; a confidence respecting property reposed in one person, who is termed the trustee, for the benefit of another, who is called the cestui que trust.


An organization formed mainly for the purpose of regulating the supply and price of commodities, etc.; as, a sugar trust. [Cant]

Syn. -- Confidence; belief; faith; hope; expectation.

Trust deed (Law), a deed conveying property to a trustee, for some specific use.


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Trust, a.

Held in trust; as, trust property; trustmoney.


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Trust, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Trusting.] [OE. trusten, trosten. See Trust, n.]


To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in; as, we can not trust those who have deceived us.

I will never trust his word after.

He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived.


To give credence to; to believe; to credit.

Trust me, you look well.


To hope confidently; to believe; -- usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.

I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.
2 John 12.

We trustwe have a good conscience.
Heb. xiii. 18.


to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.

Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust,
Now to suspect is vain.


To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.

Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war.


To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment; as, merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.


To risk; to venture confidently.

[Beguiled] by thee
to trust thee from my side.


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Trust, v. i.


To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.

More to know could not be more to trust.


To be confident, as of something future; to hope.

I will trust and not be afraid.
Isa. xii. 2.


To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.

It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.

To trust in, To trust on, to place confidence in,; to rely on; to depend. "Trust in the Lord, and do good." Ps. xxxvii. 3. "A priest . . . on whom we trust." Chaucer.

Her widening streets on new foundations trust.

To trust to or unto, to depend on; to have confidence in; to rely on.

They trusted unto the liers in wait.
Judges xx. 36.


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Trust (?), n.


An equitable right or interest in property distinct from the legal ownership thereof; a use (as it existed before the Statute of Uses); also, a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another. Trusts are active, or special, express, implied, constructive, etc. In a passive trust the trustee simply has title to the trust property, while its control and management are in the beneficiary.


A business organization or combination consisting of a number of firms or corporations operating, and often united, under an agreement creating a trust (in sense 1), esp. one formed mainly for the purpose of regulating the supply and price of commodities, etc.; often, opprobriously, a combination formed for the purpose of controlling or monopolizing a trade, industry, or business, by doing acts in restraint or trade; as, a sugar trust. A trust may take the form of a corporation or of a body of persons or corporations acting together by mutual arrangement, as under a contract or a so-called gentlemen's agreement. When it consists of corporations it may be effected by putting a majority of their stock either in the hands of a board of trustees (whence the name trust for the combination) or by transferring a majority to a holding company. The advantages of a trust are partly due to the economies made possible in carrying on a large business, as well as the doing away with competition. In the United States severe statutes against trusts have been passed by the Federal government and in many States, with elaborate statutory definitions.


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