Tuesday, October 8, 2013
How loyal must you be when you believe your Commanding Officer is a tyrant? No loyalty DOWN from the CO means no loyalty UP from the deckplates.
Sailors in the islands are getting mighty restless. The fabric is wearing much too thin. Something has to give.
While the fabric that has held society together has worn thinner in our modern age, it is still loyalty that lends the cloth its strength. It is loyalty that keeps the world functioning. We could not conduct business transactions or personal relationships without it. Loyalty is the idea that we are who we say we are and we will do what we say we will do. It is the hope that the integrity with which we initially encountered someone will endure indefinitely.
It’s also what keeps us unified. We live out our lives as part of agreed upon norms that allow us to operate from day to day. We need to know who we can count on. We all understand that ideally, friends will have your back, lovers will remain true, and businesses will not cheat you out of your money. When someone is disloyal, they break from these expectations and weaken the trust that holds us together.
From The Philosophy of Loyalty by Josiah RoyceHarvard Lecture Series 1908