As we take on more responsibilities in life, our loyalties become divided.
First, we are asked to be respectful children and to show filial piety. Then, we are asked to give our loyalty to our community, to our nation, and, possibly, to our faith (religious piety). Also, loyalty to our spouse (until death do us part), to our children, to our friends, to our employer... the list is endless.
Are we supposed to divide our loyalty in equal parts? Or, is there a hierarchy of loyalties? If so, what should that hierarchy be?
Unfortunately, the more divided our loyalties become, the less trustworthy we appear to be. Nobody appreciates a friend, or partner, who is oft conflicted. Everyone wants the most consideration in our calculus, otherwise they reappraise the value of our relationship with them. Should there be a limit to how much of our loyalty we extend, so as not to spread ourselves too thin?
It seems, therefore, that at the crux of loyalty lies the requirement of sacrifice. In other words, we must sacrifice ourselves to all the others that require our commitment. But, is there enough to go around? What happens when we martyr ourselves to the point that we lose sight of our own needs? What, then?
How can we maintain our integrity, yet offer our loyalty to all those who demand it from us?
What do you think...?
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