Test of Loyalty

Test of Loyalty

Penguin, Reindeer and Fox were great friends. One day, Penguin and Reindeer found a load of fruit, and decided to keep it a secret. On the way, they met Fox, who seeing them so happy, asked them why. They told him they couldn’t say, because it was a secret, but Fox asked them to trust him, so they told him about the fruit. When they arrived at the village, Fox forgot about his promise, and told everyone. When Penguin and Reindeer returned to the place where they had found the fruit, the animals of the village had already been there and eaten it all. That same day, Penguin and Reindeer found another place full of food, and the same thing happened again with Fox. Angered by these betrayals, they decided to teach Fox a lesson…. Today, loyalty is a slightly demeaning term used to connote “foolishness.” Loyalty used to be a survival mechanism in the past, but the human heart has evolved to a cold monster open to backstab others for our own selfish gain. Loyalty is literally faithfulness to a chosen commitment based on long-standing trust, but can also be based on other things. It’s more of a feeling or personal involvement, but humble allegiance to a government, institution, religion, cause, product, or a person. Loyalty isn’t a one-way street and there is nothing better than having a friend on whom we can always depend. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: “Arguably, the test of loyalty is conduct rather than intensity of feeling, primarily a certain ‘stickingness’ or perseverance – the loyal person acts for or stays with or remains committed to the object of loyalty even when it is likely to be disadvantageous or costly to the loyal person to do so”. We can be loyal to a cause or a person due to a particular behavior, as such our loyalty is unstable and dependant on external circumstances.
Unfortunately, one loyalty can trump another. To avoid such a situation, we must explore deeper and learn if higher loyalties exist before committing assets or secrets that could be lost. Loyalty means that we honestly support the interests and endeavors of others although we don’t share them. Loyalty teaches us to offer empathy rather than criticism, from only if it concerns a different perspective not something wrong. Understanding who and what we entrust our loyalty to will help us decide rationally which or whom deserves our devotion. The next day they told Fox that they had found a lake so full of fish that no effort was needed to catch them. Fox again told everyone in the village about this. The next day, Fox came by, covered in cuts and bruises. What really happened? After telling all the animals about the lake full of fish, everyone, including even the polar bears, had gone there. But, not finding anything, they felt deceived, and had given Fox a good beating. Fox learned that keeping people’s trust is very important, and that to get it in the first place you have to earn it with loyalty and always keeping your word. Penguin and Reindeer devised another trick for Fox but, as he was no longer a bigmouth, he did not betray them, and Penguin and Reindeer regained their faith in Fox, thus forgiving him. _____________________________________________________________ What is your own take-away and lesson from this write up? What is the lesson for life, business and personal journey?

2019-04-01T02:32:22+00:00April 1st, 2019|motivational, training|0 Comments

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