By definition, Loyalty, is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. I attempt to display this when teaching and also when possible attempt to teach the students I work with some aspects and elements of loyalty.
Loyalty to themselves, to family, a loved one and by definition to things that are bigger such as a group, country or cause. However, after a long conversation today with an old friend, who may not have been as fortunate as myself both academically, and financially I question loyalty in regards to larger things such as a group, cause, company or such.
My friend diligently and adequately worked for the same company since high school. Assisting where needed, many times going above and beyond the regualr requirements of staaff. IN addition my friend also trained many of the new individuals that now work, where he does.
Today, he was called into a meeting with a manager who has been with his company for roughly three years. This manager wants to implement and create change, however it became apparent today that this would come at a price, my friend.
In with the new, out with the old. We have all heard, seen and maybe experienced this old cliche, but I never thought it would happen to someone as old or in my case as young as me. My friend attempted to reason with the management comming up with possible alternatives that would benefit and accomodate, all parties, however management stayed fast and simply stated choose one of the new alternatives or we will help you find the door.
I no longer wonder why some many teachers, like myself struggle to teach concepts such as loyalty. Loyalty is a personal choice, one that makes an individual a better person with appealing qualities, and just because an individual displays loyalty does not mean that it is going to be reciprocated, but how do I teach students to be good people when in the next breath I must prepare them to accept it not to be something returned?