In the early 1970s, surveys showed that about half of the people in this country believed most people were trustworthy. By 2020, the number had fallen to less than one-third. And, many people who don’t trust others fear them.

However, fear has to be justified by the circumstances, says Geoffrey Corn, chair of criminal law at the Texas Tech University School of Law. “You don’t get to kill someone just because you fear them.”

I read about trust and fear in the April 21, 2023, issue of The Dallas Morning News.