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Loyalty ~ Measured Allegiance

Updated on July 20, 2013

Loyalty is not merely standing by those you happen to be associated with or supporting a group you find yourself aligned with . . . genuine loyalty is not an essential component of sharing a connection with or owning some manner of correlation with others – true loyalty is a well considered faithfulness to a person, a cause, an idea, that you count deserving of your commitment to defend and promote.

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An Introduction & Apology ~

Speaking is not the same thing as writing, and what I come to HubPages for is to write – however, a minor injury has pressed me to participate in this month’s ‘Perspectives:’ effort with a brief non-typing consideration of our theme, ‘Loyalty’ . . . I have written a short ‘fable’ that follows after the video piece that I hope is illustrative of my own perspective of loyalty, and I hope to return next month with a written hub rather than having to blabber my thoughts all over you, as I do here ~

A Tale Of Loyalty ~

Alaric the oracle: Sire, to secure your enemy’s undoing and advance your own authority over all the land, the runestone Ascendancy Talisman, fashioned by the ancients and lost to The Dark Forest of Keswick, must be recovered.

The King: What enemies do you caution me of? My authority is well set across all lands under my care – what magic need I to rightly rule my own kingdom?

Alaric: My Lord I seek only your best interests . . . among both Dukes and Barons there stirs aspirations, men of station burn to enjoy their increase. Being the King today does not insure your rule tomorrow – the Ascendancy Talisman will.

The King: If this promise of unassailable custody of my throne be lost in The Dark Forrest, why do you beguile me to acquire it?

Alaric: Good King, always undertaking to improve my own station, that I might serve you the better, I have uncovered where the charm rests . . . I’ve spent my eyes in your service, inquiring of the primeval texts. For near four generations the Talisman has veiled itself buried under a single Guelder rose that grows at the end of a path only I have discerned. Solicit Edward the Norman and Henry of Cornwall, campaigners in my charge who have yet to supply me with failure, to The Dark Forrest to search out and return with the assurance of your reign - the Ascendancy Talisman will be yours my Sovereign.

The King: Send for Edward and Henry – and send for Michael the Steadfast as well.

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Michael: My King, I resolutely await your command.

The King: My most dedicated right arm, I have an undertaking for you, and I give Edward and Henry to your charge. Go to Alaric, my seer, he will instruct you on your task and your course – return to me than that which will secure to me the unaccosted supremacy of my rule and grant my people the absolute sanctuary of an protected kingdom.

Michael: My King’s will is my occupation.

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Alaric: Majesty, your paladin and his attendants have returned and stand beyond this chamber, lacking their prize . . . Michael has betrayed you, for many days their path . . .

The King: . . . be keenly wary of your accusations seer, Michael is trusted above all in my kingdom.

Alaric: As you say sire, I cast no charge against him, I only offer testimony of their adventure – my apprentices, Edward and Henry, had the talisman in their hand, they followed my course and recovered the ancient charm, but Michael rebuked their attainment and seized the treasure to promise your dominance, journeyed alone further into the forest and returned with the Ascendancy Talisman again hidden from all – except himself.

The King: Enough. I will hear of this from those I myself charged with this task . . . bring my stewards before me, I would hear their accounting of their labor.

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Henry: You majesty, we did fulfill the task you consigned us to perform – this schemer conspired to disorder our triumph, some spirit of mayhem provoked him to . . .

The King: Michael, always in service to your king, I would hear from you – do these men speak the truth or not?

Michael: My King, they give account of the events suitably, yet when you address me “always in service to your king”, that is the truth which forever guides me. I did indeed return without that which you pledged me to return to you – but I did so in loyal service to my sovereign.

The King: How am I to count you as loyal when these others sought to obey my commands and you thwarted their efforts? How am I to deem you loyal when you stand before me telling me of your designed defiance? What service have you accomplished for your king?

Michael: My King, forgive my boorish tutoring; a king’s authority rest in his rule, not in potions or spells . . . the supremacy of a king resides in the devotion and affection of his people. You were crowned king because you were born to kings – you reign as king because you rule the land with a just and solicitous heart, your interest has not been the advance of your own command but rather your interest has been the use of your command to advance the good will and estate of your people.

Sire, when Edward and Henry had possession of the rune token, their errand was not to return it to their king that he might magnify his throne – their errand was to return it to their king that he might magnify them and their own station. I serve my king because I love my king, I love my king because I love this land . . . I serve my king best as I aid him to best serve his subjects. My loyalty is to you . . . not to your fears and doubts and foul suspicions – my loyalty to my king is to him as king, as the protector and benefactor of the land who is confirmed as king, not by trickery or enchantment, but by the willing submission of his subjects. My King, your retribution will not be more than I can abide, I am your loyal servant.

The King: Retribution would surely prove me to be a king unworthy of such loyalty as this. Reward, not retribution, is an insufficient payment for the duty you have so splendidly performed for your king . . . may this land forever have one such as Michael at the right hand of every king. These others may have an appearance of loyalty, but you, Michael, risk all to practice that loyalty that is selfless, that is in genuine service of others . . . loyalty that when called upon, serves truth.

We are delighted to welcome our guest contributor this month is ~


Previous 'Perspectives:' by MickeySr

Vanity ~ The Romance Of The Vain

What Don't You Know ~ I Don't Know Who I'm Going To Talk To

Knowing Your True Self ~ The Emperor's Old Clothes

Gratitude ~ Oy, What A Week I'm Having

Regret & Hope ~ Press On


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    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Leslie ~ "I didn't think YOU loved me at first to be honest, but . . ."

      You break my heart - I think perhaps it's the "VERY dry" part of me, but I'm telling you, my 'Perspectives:' ladies had to hold me back from coming to get you - you're a very alluring living doll and I'm very fond of you.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Leslie, thanks for your kind words. Yes, the girls work overtime on this team to protect our guests from the slings and arrows of our fearless leader, but it is all part of the job. Actually, no doubt about it, we run the team. Love you girl!

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Mickey - who knew you had such a sexy voice!, to the business at hand. This was a GREAT way to convey your feelings and i enjoyed it very much after writing for 8 hours today!

      i too am VERY fond of your team, i hope you know! I didn't think YOU loved me at first to be honest, but - 'the girls' made me feel as if i were one of the family. Vicki is a GREAT addition, btw - that girl can WRITE!

      And i just adore Audrey!

      I admire and very much enjoy the relationship between these GREAT folks - and i am privileged to know them and be counted amongst them as friend!

      You, with your dry (VERY dry) humor are a little tougher to get to know, but - i have always admired your intelligence.

      Now, i am getting to learn more of your heart - which is warm and fuzzy (who knew?)


      now, do you want to tell me a bedtime story?


      sharing my friend!

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      tillsontitan ~ "You are a beacon for your team, and for others here on HP"

      . . . ok, YOU are the best - thanks so much for the warm and generous words.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      btrbell ~ "The Perspective team is a perfect example of loyalty, as is the fable!"

      You're the best, thank you . . . I'm perpetually so pleased and proud of my team and (as I said above) I wasn't at all sure about writing a fable, so thanks for mentioning it.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Docmo ~ I wasn't at all sure how the fable part would be received . . . it's fun for me to write like that, but I don't know how well (or not0 it comes out, or across - thanks for the favorable review.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Nellieanna ~ "how happy I am that I was able to watch and listen to you speak"

      You're so sweet . . . I'm afraid I feared my, uh, overly relaxed manner and monotone voice would send folks running to the hills - you're very generous to assure me otherwise. Thank you.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Martie ~ I adore you, you're the best, all the other ladies can step to the rear - but not Neil Diamond, please . . . I'd say 'anything but that' but the truth is there's a of music I can't take - wholly cow, I'm the guy that doesn't like John Lennon's 'Imagine'!?

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I am sorry you injured your shoulder. That being said, it is to our advantage that you injured it. Your video was personal, pleasant and a proper explanation of your team. (I had to use proper because it was the only "p" word I could think of.)

      You stumble? I don't believe it. You are a beacon for your team, and for others here on HP. Well, okay, maybe you stumble but you sure as #$## get back up immediately!!

      Yes, you had insight to call on these people as your team and yes you can take credit because you chose these people to be on your team and one is more magnificent than the other! Since I had the privilege to be a part of that team for one month I KNOW from whence I speak. Yes, there is comradery, humor, love and loyalty among this band of wonderful people you have assembled.

      Lastly, as you also said, there are many ways to risk yourself to help others and this magnificent team you have is one of them. You've asked them to join you in an ongoing series that is wonderful to read, educational, and perspectives we all look forward to every month.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and just darn good! Oh, and shared.

      Hope your shoulder is healing.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great video hub! The Perspective team is a perfect example of loyalty, as is the fable! Thank you for sharing!

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Vicki ~ seeing how we all agree but express ourselves differently, and seeing where others suggest a point we've not considered are both what's so fascinating, and useful, about these 'Perspectives:' . . . thanks for adding yours.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Maria ~ "Thanks for your generous words about your teammates"

      Not "generous" - warranted.

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      5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      bravewarrior ~ thank you for giving my video 'Perspective:' a chance, and thank you for your favorable review - I suppose I'll holster my ray gun, for now.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      A mighty fable. Sir Mickey. I've always appreciated the way fables can express morals and allow us to 'construct' our meaning from them. Your fable is impeccable in its assured take on Loyalty. I really enjoyed this take on perspective. I am delighted and humbled to be a part of this team and your generosity towards the members is appreciated and reciprocated. Hope your shoulder/arm is better, but I do like the calm authority of your voice.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      "True loyalty is a well considered faithfulness to a person, a cause, an idea, that you count deserving of your commitment to defend and promote."

      YES!! Deserving is a major key factor. One's loyalty must not be commandeered or expected 'just because' or out of fear or intimidation. That can happen, unfortunately, but it is wrong. As you so eloquently have narrated your view of this most important subject, Mickey, loyalty is an honor to be earned and deserved, for the honorable person to award out of a strong sense of self and his/her own principles. Your video is truly wonderful, enough that I went to another computer because this one (my newest and best one) is having flakey video reception. I thought it might be my internet connection, but the 'old, wornout' computer has no problem, using the same internet connection, so it's back to the Apple Store for me!

      And how happy I am that I was able to watch and listen to you speak. So many principles with which I heartily agree, and some perspectives I'd not thought of, or hadn't articulated for myself, such as that of community and private loyalty; such an important delineation. I hadn't thought of it in precisely that way. Your illustrations of going to battle out of loyalty for country as the community kind, and rising to the aid of a fellow soldier as the private kind of loyalty is so clear, as are others you mentioned.

      Knowing your true self & remaining loyal to your own principles! YES! An excellent point that being true to self doesn't mean never to put oneself at risk or inconvenience, by any means. It's not the same as self-gratification, but is much deeper and broader. One can offer oneself out of loyalty, but with full awareness that it serves one's principles & one's honor. That is such an important value and distinction. Genuine loyalty: following one's own internal firm direction of right. YES! Merely acting out of familiarity or compliance with the general status quo is not loyalty. NO.

      Your linking loyalty to the relationships which have grown between you and the other Perspectives writers is brilliant. It is a most special bond, and one I loved enjoying when I was a guest writer! It's well that I didn't commit to more permanent status, as things have developed here, but I will always treasure my experience!

      Yes, I fully agree that the interplay between each of the writers on the team is very valuable. I've now read (and listened to) 4 of you and now that I see active links to Shauna's and Docmo's - looking forward to reading theirs! Also will be refreshing to read Vocalcoach's Guest Perspectives when it is out. I've been following those that appear on my 'latest hubs' list as they appeared. It's very effective to read them in close proximity to see how they interweave, which they do, even though from individual perspectives! This really is a marvelous idea and series, Mickey!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Mickey, I have listened with great interest to your perspective on loyalty, eager to disagree with you, but in vain. You have given words to my own thoughts, although from a different angle. Your fable also enlightened some of my own actions: Sticking to a person and their abilities and potential, instead of being a puppet serving them by fulfilling their human desires. True loyalty contains wisdom and a sense of responsibility.

      Regarding us, your team: We do practice what we preach. The fact that we are still a team after so many months is a perfect example of loyalty. Marcoujor’s perspective made me realize – once again – that loyalty is more powerful than love and hate.

      Now just because you have explained your perspective on loyalty better than I have explained mine, I am going to hate you for the next four weeks. I am going to play all the songs you hate on the piano, just for you. Beginning with Neil Diamond’s, ‘I am I Said' :)))

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      5 years ago

      Hi Mickey, enjoyed your cogitation in real time as you defined your perspective on Loyalty. I realise your feelings on this are quite similar to mine - we just express them differently! People need to stand up and be counted for what they believe in. I thought your remarks about our team were very generous, and thanks for that. Glad you managed to do some writing as well, and hope your sore shoulder will recover soon.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mickey,

      I may be the odd ball here...but I really follow your oral dissertations...I enjoy listening to you...and your "voice" really examined the subject of loyalty in a meaningful and insightful manner.

      Thanks for your generous words about your teammates. Like you, I find myself so comfortable and safe " to be me" in our group, OK to disagree and goof on each other, yet always caring, supportive and indeed, true to our beliefs and each other.

      I absolutely loved your story...yeah, that was a great combination and presentation. Take care of your shoulder...Hugs, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Mickey, first I want to thank you for brining the team to life as real people in your video. See, everything happens for a reason. I know you were chided for offering a video this month (for good reason) but it's all in love and jest.

      Your perspective on loyalty is so very profound. You've looked at it from all sides and reported a point of view for all who read and/or listen to learn from. You really are a deep thinker and I always look forward to what you have to say. Each word brings me closer to who you are and you are someone I've grown to love a great deal. And you're handsome, too!

      I hope your shoulder is feeling better. Love ya, my friend!


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