Our civilization suffers from a lack of trust.
And, maybe, much of the mistrust is consciously created.
Maybe, it's to my advantage to spread some mistrust about one particular fact. Maybe I do that on purpose. But the trouble is, mistrust is contagious. It spreads from person to person and it spreads from fact to fact.
And civilization runs on trust. You can't do everything, so you need to trust the all the other people around you to do the right thing, or at least something close to it. We need to trust that other people treat us fairly, and we need them to trust that we will behave fairly in return.
Absent that we're all on our own. We're all sitting there with nothing but Google, each trying to figure out the entire universe by ourselves. There are seven billion people, all trying to figure out whether vaccines are good for us, whether global warming is happening, how much you should trust the police, and whether or not your car actually behaves like Volkswagen says it does. Such a horrible duplication of effort!
And, unfortunately, none of us are smart enough or have the time to do it well. The world is much too complicated for everybody to be expert in everything. You end up with seven billion half-informed, half-baked opinions, even if you allow yourself to trust Google.
So, it doesn't work without trust.