Bear with me while I wax philosophical.
See, I took one of those Internet quizzes — you know, “What kind of animal are you?” or “What color are you?” This one was, “What is your brain good at?” and my answer? “Philosophical thinking.”
Funny, but these last weeks of classes — I’m about three weeks from graduation — have been so jam packed I’ve had little time to think of much else, let alone to think philosophically beyond a nod to a nursing theory or two while studying for a test.
But here and there, in my non-academic thought life, I have meditated on a concept, the concept of LOYALTY.
Isn’t that a rich, full word — “loyalty?” I think so. I’d rank it up there with some of my other favorites like “excellence,” “perseverance,” “honor” and “steadfastness.”
It’s not lost on me “loyalty” rhymes with “royalty,” either. Loyalty is, no doubt, one characteristic of a good king or queen, prince or princess.
Of course I looked up the word and its synonyms and antonyms. For loyalty’s good cousins, think “faithfulness,” “fidelity,” “commitment,” “honesty” or “integrity.”
Its bad cousins? Think “dishonor,” “treachery,” “unfaithfulness” or “disloyalty.”
Loyalty is one of those concepts about which we don’t often think, but if it were to go missing in our lives, we’d notice its absence quickly.
We need it. We need people to be loyal to us; we need to be loyal to them. We need people to be loyal to higher principles — say, a code of ethics — and we need to be loyal to our commitments in order to live with clean consciences.
I told my husband recently, in a rare interlude of me having a thought and then actually having a moment to share it with him, something like, “Everybody want to know there’s SOMEBODY who has her back.”