Loyalty. It’s a quality that the humans look for in one another. One of, if not the highest sought after [quality] of them all. Yet, no one notices everyone has it in them. Even the most selfish human you know is loyal. The most lowdown scoundrel you could ever imagine is loyal. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? You might be thinking, there must be two types of loyalty. I’m here to let you know there is. However, they are one in the same.
Merriam-Webster defines loyalty as an “unswerving allegiance to someone or something”. A complete and constant support for someone or something. Loyalty is black or white. All or nothing. Think of it like the lights in a room, either it’s on or it’s not. For those of you thinking about light dimmers, the lights are still on. Apply the light dimmer analogy to loyalty though. You have to gage it. Some people need more than others. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “loyal to a fault”. In most cases loyalty is unrequited and just like the lights, it can do more harm than good. You see nowhere in the definition does it say loyalty to has to be reciprocated; yet the humans expect that from one another. That’s where the issue with loyalty comes in.
Idealistically you do onto others as you would want done onto yourself. Reciprocating the loyalty one is shown has to do with morality. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t have the same morals as you. So, do you change your morals or do you expect the other humans to change theirs? Your morals make you who you are so that’s out of the question. Loyalty to oneself is a loyalty you humans oftentimes forget. The right choice for you will almost never be in the best interest for someone else. More specifically, humans are loyal to their habits or that “unswerving allegiance to something” mentioned earlier.
Take Frank Gallagher from the show Shameless for instance. Repeatedly we watch him make the most appalling decisions ever. Over the seasons, he’s abandoned his children multiple times, committed all sorts of fraud, denied a woman a heart transplant and the list can go forever. While these things are horrendous, his actions were in his best interests or fed his habits. So, whether it’s an issue with time and attendance, the need to be right, the need to be best at everything or anything habit that comes to mind. Good or bad; when you truly think about it, they’ve always been loyal.