Questions of Loyalty
Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine to whom you should owe your primary loyalty:
- Is it fair?
- Is it fair to give what you have to the object of your loyalty?
- Is it the right thing to do?
- What laws am I breaking giving primary loyalty to one?
- If I don’t speak or act in a particular way, what could happen?
- What ethical standards and moral code do I stand for?
- Is the object of your loyalty good?
- Does your loyalty have virtue?
A Loyal Friend
Read the passage carefully. Then answer the questions below.
One crisp, clear winter day, an ideal day for skating, Bob decided to try his brand new skates. His faithful dog, Spot, went with him. When Bobby reach the pond, he did not stop to test the ice. Soon, he was having a delightful time; when suddenly Spot began to bark, for his keen ears had caught the sound of ice cracking. Bob did not heed him, but kept on skating. Suddenly the ice gave way. Spot dashed to the place where his little master had disappeared and with some difficulty succeeded in pulling him out. It was luck for Bob that a friendly neighbour happened to be passing, for he carried him home. As a result, Bob had a sever cold all that week. After that experience, he never neglected to find out if the ice was solid before he went skating.
Loyalty binds people together. friendship, marriages, even nations are built on loyalty.
- What happened to bob when he ignored the barking dog?
- Do you think Bob showed that he trusted the dog?
- Why do you think he did that?
- What should Bob had done?
Scenarios to Discuss
Here are some scenarios you can discuss in class or with your parents to better understand loyalty.
Your scout group ask you to sell four boxes of chocolate to raise funds for a needy family. You discover that the chocolate was recalled by the manufacturer. Do you sell the boxes of chocolate knowing the money can help a needy family or do you return the boxes to the manufacturer?
A bully in school threatens you. You can give him your snack money everyday, become his friend and join him bullying others students or report his behaviour to the principal. Which would you choose and why?
You are given two options concerning a friend who does not have a math book:
- Ignore that your poor friend (who does not have a math textbook) needs a math textbook to pass his or her test tomorrow;
- Or lend your poor friend your math textbook so he or she can review for the math exam tomorrow and lie to your parents stating you forgot the textbook in your desk.
You are dressed appropriately to go in and jump in a bouncy castle. Your friend is not. This is the last time you will be able to jump in a bouncy castle. Do you go in and leave your friend or stay out and miss your opportunity to jump again.
Would you share your excess bounty of fruits from your backyard garden with your neighbours, or would you eat as much as you can and discard the balance?
Do you allow a family member to lie or would you correct them even though they may accuse you of being disloyal?
Your loyalty to a person at work allows you to earn more than is equitable on that job. Would you continue making that your object of loyalty, or discontinue that loyalty?
Would you belittle and trash a person’s name just to prove your loyalty to someone, a group, or an ideology?
You have a second job where you bake and decorate cakes for people. Would you sell a small cake to someone holding a birthday party (having agreed on the look and price of the cake) and knowing that just half the cake is edible?
Would you steal to prove your loyalty to a friend or your family?
Tom helps his mother sell newspapers every Monday and Wednesday, while his mother works part-time at the City Corporation. His mother must raise enough money in a short period of time in order to pay for his younger sister’s medical expenses. He lies to his teacher about why he is absent. Is he doing the right thing? If he continues doing this, what are some of the things that could happen?
Doubles vendor, Sam, raises his price by $1.00 for a doubles. He predicts the price of food will raise because of the new upcoming government budget. Marcia and Jake always buys doubles from Sam, but really do not like the new price. So they buy their doubles from another vendor who kept the old price. Is it fair that vendor Sam raises his price? Did Marcia and Jake did a fair thing when they buy from another vendor? If Marcia and Jake bought Sam’s doubles, what are some of the things that could happen?