The Complicated Concept of Loyalty

            Loyalty is a complicated concept, which can be interpreted in many points of views. It is related to many other terms such as love, friendships, family relationships and many others. Loyalty is most of the time the basis of these other concepts. Without the presence of loyalty a strong relativity can never be built. Other than emotional relativities, loyalty is valid for many other areas, as well.

             The dictionary defines the word "loyalty” as; "Feelings of devoted attachment and affection.” As seen in this definition, loyalty is relevant with "devotion,” and "affection.” Many people know devotion as a synonym for loyalty. This is wrong. The reason for this is, that loyalty can only be the basis of devotion, not the definition of it. The situation is the same for "affection” also. Affection cannot be present without loyalty, but there can be loyalty without affection. .

             There are of course other concepts that loyalty is relevant with. Love, such as affection, cannot be present without loyalty. A healthy relationship can only be built on loyalty. By relationship, every kind of relativity is meant. Without loyalty, the concept of "family” should not be considered.

             As stated in the introduction, there are many interpretations of loyalty. The most common one is, understanding loyalty as a childish habit. Especially in Turkish society, this opinion is common. Often, men think of being loyal to their wives as a feminine issue. On the other hand, a more important problem is that women are not expecting loyalty from their husbands anymore. This is a very unfortunate example of degeneration of a society, because of lacking loyalty. Another misinterpretation of loyalty can be as the following. Often times loyalty is being used as a weapon against the loyal person. A bad natured person can use the loyalty of the other person against him and can do a lot of things. Trust (another relevant concept) is the key concept here.

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