Who In Our Lives Merits Loyalty?
Loyalty is an important quality.
What are possible grounds for loyalty? Who merits loyalty and for what reasons?
I see loyalty as coming from personal circumstance and experiences and ,also, from the broader context of shared values.
Loyalty also requires acceptance of people’s faults as you see them. This because, if for no other reason, so that others will accept you and your faults as well.
Here are some possible grounds for loyalty—
1. A Shared Past— I give some stock to people who were in the some of the same places I was at certain points in life. For example, people who hung out in the same punk rock clubs and bars as I did in college.
I feel these people felt many of the same things I did at that age, and that they may now be people I can trust as an adult. Also, more personally, I want my past to matter and to be recalled. I value the people who comprise my past.
Here is a line of John Kennedy’s Inaugural address that expresses this feeling—
To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share: we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends.