I want to talk about loyalty — it’s come up so much lately. A friend recently suggested there’s such a thing as “loyalty to a fault.” He’s right of course. [UPDATE: Although Pops reminded me that actually extreme loyalty to the right things will almost never be detrimental. So, it’s important to get a handle on just what you’re loyal to. And, if it becomes a “fault” then maybe it’s not the loyalty but the object of loyalty that’s the problem…]. Then even more recently I read something about how attitudes about loyalty might be generational — that perhaps it’s a rightly antiquated idea that has no place in the modern world. Apparently the rationale for this is that we’ve trained ourselves to move on. So QED I guess. Seems like a convenient logic loop but whatever. Furthermore, it was not so subtly suggested that loyalty was a rather stupid concept in the face of things like profit and success (whatever those things might mean to an individual). Ironically, the author never seems to recognize that the piece is in actuality talking about fierce loyalty. Blind loyalty in fact. To oneself. But I suppose that’s not an attractive thing to talk about. Look, loyalty to self isn’t a bad thing. And choosing to move on from a situation that no longer feeds you doesn’t make one a villain. The point is that rationalizing to try to make it an easier choice is weak. Choosing your needs over concepts like loyalty is indeed a difficult decision. It should be difficult. Rationalizing just makes everyone question motives.
I digress. And forgive me for not posting the piece. I’m trying this new thing for a while where this forum stays mine. So my comments are all I can offer on this particular subject.
On to some Sunday music. A friend of mine inspired me to start ripping all my old R.E.M. cds. I’ve been listening to them all morning as they download. I wanted you to hear some, too. Here’s a smattering. The first is from one of my all-time favorite movies which you should really see if you haven’t. But then I’ve said this all before. I suppose I’m loyal to what I like.: