I believe in people. I'm naïve and I hope to stay that way. The thing I hate to acknowledge each time again is that - there are "little people" out there. By "little people" I refer to people who are manipulative and dishonest. They are little because their lack of self confidence drives them to use these methods to accomplish their goals. If their self esteem was higher, they could have stand behind their words and be committed to themselves/ their opinions/decisions even if it's hard to do so in social/ political terms.
When it comes to my close circle of loved ones - I just cut those people out. -Dishonesty? -elsewhere! But when it comes to the big world outside - I can't help it - there are some "little people" among the rest of the human kind and we just need to learn to live with it as hard as it might be. I can only wish those "little people" to find their inner strength and value to grow and to be able to replace the manipulations with honesty… and there are complicated situations where it really is so *HARD*!