The “Virtue” of Partisan Loyalty

 Humans, should they mature into strongly moral individuals, must first acknowledge and endure the broader consequences of their actions, directly and personally. But most do not. Instead they cede their own free will to others; they shelter themselves within groups — whether familial, political, sports, religious, etc. — or they act in the names of those whose causes they arrogate unto themselves.

And within these groups this loyalty is widely considered to be a great virtue. More commonly though, it proves a great vice. For the truest test of one’s loyalty to any group comes not with a righteous defense of the truly innocent but with a bold-faced, spirited defense of the unquestionably guilty. Loyalty, in this sense, perpetuates immorality.

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4 responses to “The “Virtue” of Partisan Loyalty

  1. A great blog, because of its conciseness. Says a lot in a little and really gets the subject going.
    Every path can be abused or used wisely. We The People have to become smart enough to learn the difference between abuse and proper use. A knack for seeing where something is headed, by looking at what it has done, would help.

  2. Connecting to a “group” to share in its power, because it expresses what you believe. This is not necessarily “hiding”. But often is I suppose. I guess the nature of the group is what is important.

  3. First off I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question
    in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was
    interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Cheers!

    • Thank you for the compliment and for your visit to my blog. Let me first say that I read your “Embrace the Power of Eating Spiritually” intro and I found it to be well written.
      I must admit that in many cases I’ve spent hours, sometimes days, rewriting these blog entries; so I don’t usually know everything before I begin writing. I do however have in my mind a single idea or sentiment that I know to be an authentic truth; and I’ve often spent a good deal of time thinking and even arguing with others about it; so I understand what others must somehow be shown.
      As for beginning to write I find this the hardest part as well. The key for me is to step back and establish some context for the idea I wish to present: like when a movie begins with a broad sweep of a city before focusing in upon a single house.
      In “Virtue” I began with the word “Humans…” — about as broad as it gets — and then quickly focused down upon the problem of becoming a moral individual and finally the ways in which people fail to do so. Perhaps you might begin a blog with the broad word “Sustenance…” and then give equal time to the spiritual and the physical? Incorporate vibrational energy into the broader search for sustenance.
      Hope this helped a little? Good luck and cheers to you too!

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