I have had an epiphany! If anyone indicates that I should trust them in the name of any God, it’s a warning that I should not trust them.

It never ceases to amaze me, how many people I meet who try to indicate their trustworthiness based on their religion. “I’m a Christian, I have high values and can be trusted.” “I am a Buddhist and believe in Karma.” “I’m a man of religion and my ethics are unquestioned.”

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard these types of statements. Even when I was a government regulator, a person’s conviction in their religion seemed to be a reason for me to think they were a fit and proper person.  Well, committed people may be highly trustworthy, but why do they have to base their trustworthiness on their faith?

In business, every time somebody has made such a claim, I have been on the wrong end of a bad deal. It seems to be that, the more you are going to be ripped off, the more often they’ll tell you how much you can trust them.

Maybe Hamlet was right when he noted about Ophelia, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” I now use that when people indicate that they can be trusted for any reason. “I think you protest too much.” Interestingly enough, no one seems to know what I am talking about. Maybe I don’t know the meaning of trust, values and ethics. Maybe others consider these principles differently.

In life, I’ve always found that people’s principles and ethics have a price. As I said the other day, to a client who is being roundly ripped off by people who consider themselves to be orthodox, “every God can be replaced with some green stuff.”

It’s a funny world we live in. Those who wish to rip us off clearly advertise how good they are. It is those who are good who do not need to advertise it.

This article was written by Bailey Compton, Principal Solicitor & Director at Leverage Group.

To get in touch with Bailey, please email info@leveragegroup.com.