Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Loyalty needs to die.
Why is loyalty considered a positive quality? It's one of the most dangerous, insidious and poisonous attributes a person can have.
Loyalty to Christ was responsible for the Crusades. Loyalty to nation led to the Holocaust. Loyalty to family and tribe continues to tear Africa apart by fueling corruption and nepotism.
It was loyalty to God that enabled a dozen lunatics to fly into the World Trade Centre, and it was loyalty to the U.S. that enabled millions of lunatics to blindly support the U.S's blunt and destructive response. Loyalty to China keeps Tibet oppressed, and loyalty to Australia keeps asylum seekers imprisoned.
Loyalty to ideology is the block that so frequently prevents people coming together in compromise. Loyalty to humankind is responsible for all manner of atrocities in animal testing labs and factory farms.
Loyalty to community = redneck. Loyalty to class = snob. Loyalty to self = arsehole.
No matter how you look at it, loyalty fosters a cycle of separation and segregation. The more loyal you are to your own, the less favourably you treat me in relation to your own, the more I resent you, the more threatened you feel by me, the more loyal you are to your own....
As the most advanced species on the planet in a time of rapid globalisation and growing inter-connectedness, I think it's time we rethink the real worth of loyalty, and abandon it on the scrapheap of history with all the other unhelpful paleolithic relics that so plague us.