You can't count on anyone or anything. Things invariably blow up and everyone else's interests will be more important than yours. Always be ready to bail at a moment's notice. Protect the important parts of yourself - they are safer in the little box than in the cold, cruel world.
Faith is... impractical. Trust is just an exercise in pain.
Yup, that about covers it. One of these days I'll actually get it. Back to the cave.
Time to pack.