Philosophy in The Flash (SEASON 1) Post 8
Trust, like love, is blind.
Wells, Wells, Wells…
It was made almost absurdly obvious.
From the very first episode of the Flash, there was something just not right about Dr. Harrison Wells. What was it that made our intuition flicker, that made us say, “Hmm, that guy’s shady”, from almost the instant we met him? How did we know something was up; even before the end of the first episode, where Wells wheel-chaired into a secret room, took off his glasses, stood up and read a newspaper from the future about the Flash?
The best question of all: how did we know and the characters themselves, not suspect anything? The saying here should be: ‘Trust, like love, is blind’.
The Philosophy of Trust and Alliance with Others
Throughout the TV series, the characters form alliances and trust one another in order to successfully fight crime (or commit it). As previously mentioned in reference to the noble lie concept (a lie made to protect someone) ✍Trust, Alliance & Lies: Is it Noble to Lie?⚡️, not trusting others can result in bad emotional and physical consequences.
Trust is broken multiple times and demonstrates that the closer you are to someone, the more likely you are to disbelieve their false identity.
In my philosophy, drawn from examining the show, people tend to employ trust in another person or alternatively, suspect another’s personality to be false/true based on:
- Personal intuition and suspicions of the ‘trustor’: the person who is putting trust in another person.
- Previous/past actions and current actions of the other person.
- The morality and goodness of the other person’s actions.
- The ‘trustor’s’ relative need to trust a person in a situation (i.e a life-threatening circumstance e.g. someone in coma, dying?)
- The gains and benefits the ‘trustor’ gains from trusting the person and whether the other person projects the qualities and virtues that the ‘trustor’ agrees with and associates with trustworthiness.
For example, in the Flash, Barry’s adoptive dad, Joe, decides to send his coma-induced son to S.T.A.R Labs and thereby trust Harrison Wells; a man of questionable trustworthiness who has a terrible reputation. Only because of the helplessness of his son’s condition and his desperation to save Barry, Joe decides to employ trust. Had Joe based his entire decision on his personal intuition, suspicions or the previous actions of the person he was trusting, Barry would’ve remained in the hospital.
“Cisco, I’m a cop. I’m good at reading people. That’s how I know I can trust you with my suspicion. When I go talk to the family and friends of a murder suspect, somebody I know is guilty, and I tell them the person they love is a killer, guess what they say: ‘That’s not the person I know'”
So some factors that we use to employ trust, outweigh others depending on the personality and situation of the ‘trustor’. In other, more philosophical terms, this implies that trust is ‘relative’ (i.e. relativism).
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