“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and faith.”
“Loyalty is the pledge of truth to oneself and others.”
Ada Velez Boardley
The meaning of words is astonishing. How we use them is even more so. If you look up the word “loyalty” you will find a range of interlinking words such as “faithfulness”, “trust”, “steadfastness”, “allegiance”, “devotion”. In other scenarios loyalty can also be associated with “patriotism” or in more extreme situations, nationalism. Yet all these words have such different meanings. Whilst on the surface they may appear positive, there could be undertones of concern in each of these words.
Can you be loyal and unfaithful simultaneously? It depends on your interpretation of faithful. Can you show loyalty without it having to be a total devotion to a cause or another human being? Surely you can be loyal in degrees. What about loyalty to yourself? It’s important to have a belief and faith in oneself.
What happens when loyalty to a person or a cause is so ingrained in your mind that you lose sight of reality, or the fact that your loyalty could be causing harm to yourself and others?
A true and honest loyalty is something to be admired. A loyalty that is blind and subservient isn’t.
There is balance in every walk of life. We should show loyalty to those who deserve it, and sometimes to those who don’t. We should show loyalty to causes or beliefs that we have but we should also remain open-minded within that loyalty, and not let it overshadow our other values.
Be loyal by all means, but be mindful too.
Let them say that I walked
In fair nature’s light
And that I was loyal
To truth and to right
Bob Dylan – “Cross the Green Mountain”