Sunday, 8 January 2012

Fealty is Demandable Whereas Loyalty Is Earned

1. A soldier is trained to obey and carry out orders without question. His or her very life depended on it. His or her platoon, his or her company, his or her batalion and his or her nation depended on it. Depended on obeying orders without question. His or her superiors know what they are doing. Or do they?

Why is it that when a platoon colleague or sergeant got hurt or wounded in battle, his peers and subordinates wouldn't mind carrying him hunderds of kilometers on their back?
We seldom hear the same thing done to an officer. Especially officers who demamded loyalty but goy fealty instead. Especially to officers who is feared and not loved.

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2. Give me loyalty not fealty.

Both loyalty and fealty share some things in common: they call for alegiance, faithfullness and fidelity. But they differ in one remarkable respect. Loyalty embraces the concept of allegiance to an authority to whom such faithfullness is lawfully and morally due. Fealty on the other hand , describes the fidelity of a vessal, slave or fudal tenant to his lord and master.

Fealty can be bought. Concequently, when the power relationship no longer exist, the bond of fidelity is snapped. This is no act of disloyalty, but rather a belated recognition that the bond was composed only of self interest. The more enlightened that self-interest, the more individuals will act in ways that are benificial to them.

Loyalty is made of sterner stuff. It is built on sound moral foundations, of which lawfulness is one but is not the only one. People who are bound by common values and moral beliefs are not easily deterred from supporting each other. They are neither discourage by adversity nor deflected by better offers.

Loyals don't mind working for little extrinsic rewards. They serve their organizations and countries as volunteers or in poorly-paid positions. In return they ask only to be treated as individuals or groups with just, dignity and respect. Allowed to voice out things that they disagree. Observe and appreciate a good wistleblower's acts. May present proofs and evidence against injustice, opressions and wrongdoings of superiors or peers without suffering the concequesces himself.

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3. Willing to be led to lead.

Give me loyalty and not fealty.

To be respected not to be feared.

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

الحق بلا نظام غلبه الباطل بالنظام

والله اعلم

2 comments:

SURIA EMPAT said...

salam Ustaz. This is a very good post with very deep meaning to it. You should never stop writing coz you are so good at it. Well done.

alia rujhan said...

" Loyalty is made of sterner stuff. It is built on sound moral foundations, of which lawfulness is one but is not the only one. People who are bound by common values and moral beliefs are not easily deterred from supporting each other. They are neither discourage by adversity nor deflected by better offers."

That paragraph carries a heavier meaning than the others (to me it does), and yet you were able to discuss it at such a short length.

Please keep on writing, you are fearless and invincible when you write, and you write from the heart.

We need more strong and vocal voices in the blogging world.

salam