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Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted March 8, 2010

Published in Lifestyle

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What Price Loyalty?

Read More: ethics, God, humanity, ideals, integrity, justice, loyalty, truth

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There's a lot of  loyalty floating around out there.  People are loyal to their country. People are loyal to their president. People are loyal to their political party. People are loyal to their political pundits. People are loyal to their religion.  People are loyal to their job.

Loyalty seems to mean, to a lot of people, that they shouldn't criticize that which they are loyal to.  Their country right or wrong.  Their president right or wrong. Their political party right or wrong. Their political pundit right or wrong. Their religion right or wrong. Their job right or wrong.

But what about our loyalty to ourselves and our integrity? What about our loyalty to the truth? What about our loyalty to God? What about our loyalty to humanity?

If we have the perception that it is honorable to be loyal, then where is the honor in being loyal to a country, a president, a political party, a political pundit, a religion, or a job, when what they are doing is dishonorable and goes against the highest ideals of God and humanity?

If, in our need to be loyal to any particular group or belief system, we betray principles of truth, justice, integrity, God, and humanity,  than our loyalty is a sham and we are betraying ourselves.

There is loyalty and then there is  blind loyalty.

It is good to be loyal to something we believe it. But it is necessary that we speak out and challenge the party line whenever it goes against our ethics and ideals.

If we don't do this, then that which we are loyal to will eventually crumble and decay.


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