A bit of a change from my usual writings. This is more of a musing, a working out of happenings I see around me.
Loyalty. What does this mean ? To me, it's all powerful, all important. But it seemingly has no value here in America. Companies show no loyalty to their employees, employees none to the company. Families don't show any to their own members. People get divorced, yet the ex-spouse still holds an important part in the family, the person who caused so much damage to the family member is kept in the circle. Step-children don't show any loyalty to the parents who raised them, the right thing isn't done, and I believe this is part of the me, me, me, mentality. There are telephone numbers for silent observers, spying on others is encouraged, and commended.
In my world, you support your family, even if you don't agree with their actions. You protect your family, and this includes your "family" at your work. People that you haven't chosen, but who are part of the same organisation, who need your help and support to complete their functions. Then there are your chosen family. Those people who are your friends, some closer than others, who brighten your days.
How can you rely on family, an organisation, friends, without this vital key ? You can't, it doesn't function that way.
Or at least, that's my take on it. Life isn't a cake walk, not for anyone. People fight battles all the time, some external, but mostly internal, and it applies to everyone. That mother, shopping with the screaming child, as well as the one whose little angel is fast asleep.
I hope that I show loyalty to those in my family, that that they know I have their backs.