April 26, 2013 (Let me hear your own view, leave us a comment at the end of this piece.)
Many people of different cultures and religion from the different parts of the world immigrate to the USA and later on become citizens, to enjoy the freedom and luxuries that this great country can offer. While most of us become true and law abiding Americans, a few still adhere to their cultural ways and religious beliefs of wanton destruction for unknown reasons. So where is the commitment to secure or at least not to jeopardize the interests or well-being of your adopted country? A case in point is the Boston bombing last week perpetuated by two adopted US citizens who pledged their allegiance to be good, useful and loyal citizens. The heinous act they did, instead, turned them into losers of society. Why, remains to be answered. Unbelievable!
Hence, the word “loyalty” to our adopted country comes to mind. Let me start by reminding everyone that Loyalty Day is on May 1 each year. It is a special day for people to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States and to recognize the heritage of American freedom. It is also a day when people celebrate their freedom while remembering their responsibilities to continue the legacy of liberty.
Loyalty is usually seen as a virtue, albeit a problematic one. It is an expansive word, is a funny thing. Loyalty is good, sometimes badly placed and ugly. It is one of the greatest attributes in the companionship of a dog. The dog who is distracted by the burglar’s steak does not betray its owner; its training has simply been inadequate.It is the kind of loyalty that, if displayed by humans would be characterized as “blind” and therefore likely to expose one to moral peril. It is one of the saddest contributors when some people are trapped in their religious fanatical meanderings or supposedly embedded extremist sentiments.
On the other hand, it is important to determine whether the” loyalty” question actually means a protest indirectly or antagonism arising from government activity, in addition to the pressures applied by influential people around with opposite ideals. Other factors such as lack of interest in good government, beliefs in dying a ‘sacrificial death” with the company of the innocents for their personal glorification and allegedly, the spirit of revenge can drive a person or group to extremes causing havoc to people’s lives and immediate surroundings. Hatred, in its horrific state, taking precedence over human logic and moral values is indeed a damn shame for all of us craving for peace, dignity and respect for human existence. Such acts can alienate the oath of affirmation or promised loyalty taken beforehand in the first place.
The nature of loyal attachment or question of loyalty is a matter of debate. The strong feelings and devotion often associated with loyalty have led some to assert that loyalty is only or primarily a feeling or sentiment. Hopefully, everyone will come to the conclusion, that loyalty should be practiced and attached in our daily lives for the well-being of our country, our community and ultimately, for our family.
“Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the table of your heart.” – Proverbs 3: