On trust

Some of my recent research has led me to engage more deeply with the notions of hospitality & ethics towards the Other. This work, combined with the hyper-affective state of the political climate, has subsequently led me to thoughts about trust; how our encounters with one another–in both public & private realms–hinge on trust.

When do we embody trust and what are the conditions of this embodiment? What does trust ask of us, and what happens when we fall short? Is the relationship of trust actually *always* one of short fall? What happens when trust is sieged, breaks, does not meet its promise? Does what follows equate wholly to distrust, or is something else also created?

Slowly, hesitatingly, I inch towards responses to these questions, knowing that when the articulations eventually come they will be incomplete and unsatisfactory. Tonight, however, this image allows me to see trust, albeit briefly, as simple and fullsome. Originally posted by The Good Win Way (Aamion and Daize) on their Instagram account, and then shared via professional surfer Carissa Moore, the image does something crucial for my thinking on trust. Namely, it reminds me that regardless of what trust claims to be or hopes to become–or, rather, what we wish it to be or hope it to achieve–every now and then it exists as real and true. And when it does, it is the most exhilarating feeling in the world.



Fitzgibbons Winner of the Breaka Burleigh Pro

Congratulations to Australian Sally Fitzgibbons for winning the ASP Women’s 6-Star Breaka Burleigh Pro on the Australian Gold Coast yesterday. (If you click on the comp. link, please persist to get to the women’s news… yes, even though this is a higher-starred event for women than men, the men’s results dominate the home page and all the site’s news. Don’t get me wrong, Owen, you’re a damn fine surfer too!). Sally needed an 8.9 wave score in the final minutes of the heat against Courtney Conlogue… So she pulled out a 9.

Sally, you rip. YEEW indeed!