Loyalty is an essential human virtue. It makes one dependable, reliable and trustworthy. It wins him affection and appreciation, enhances his reputation and elevates him to great moral heights.
However, loyalty should not be a passive virtue only. It should comprise an urge to do one's best and make every sacrifice for the progress, prosperity and well-being of the organisation one professes to be loyal to.
Loyalty should begin with the country one is born and brought up in. Sir Walter Scott in his poem, "My Native Land", writes that a person who does not love, and is not loyal to the land of his birth and bringing up, is one whose soul is dead. Secondly, one should be loyal to the organisation one is working for and do nothing that may hurt its reputation or harm its interests. Then, one should be loyal to one's community, one's family, one's relatives, one's friends and lastly to oneself.
See how beautifully Shakespeare says in 'Hamlet': "To thine ownself be true; and it must follow as the night the day; Thou canst not then be false to any man".
While on a visit to Japan, I got to know that loyalty graph is the highest there and it was said that once a person joins an organisation, he normally remains with that organisation for the whole of his life. Neither he wants to leave the organization, nor does the organisation want to leave him.
Most of the companies do not even retire their employees and retain them on rolls as long as they want to be there.
The loyalty of the Japanese people to their country is also exemplary. I was happy to see the glowing faces of loyal Japanese working with smiles all the time.
As Thomas Cochrane says, “loyalty to the family must be merged into loyalty to the community into loyalty to the nation, and loyalty to the nation into loyalty to mankind. The citizen of the future must be a citizen of the world.” Only then we will have a beautiful world to live in.