Can Disloyalty be a Virtue?

Loyalty…

Many will say that it is hard to come by nowadays. Unless of course, you’re a multi-billion dollar company and you’ve managed to warp what we refer to as loyalty into mindless discipleship. Anyway, positive thoughts are more often than not associated with loyalty and negative thoughts with disloyalty.

Rat, vermin, snake etc all have a stigma attached to them, mainly because that is what we associate with unfaithfulness or disloyalty. But, should that be the case? Should disloyalty always be frowned upon? Surely, there are some instances or situations where disloyalty can also be a virtue?

Let’s take an employee at a hedge fund firm for example. This individual starts as a junior/entry-level employee, and work their way up to a managerial role after years of perseverance and hard work. They later come to find out that a certain Albert (first name that came to mind) a partner to the firm has had minimal influence on the employee’s career rise over the years.

However, Albert is a cheeky little shit and he uses the company’s credit card for personal luxuries (dinner dates, aphrodisiac indulgences etc.) Behaviour that would most likely warrant dismissal or even criminal charges.

Now the “loyal” thing to do would be to keep quiet and turn a blind eye to the issue. But wouldn’t “disloyalty” be the best case scenario? Corruption can be by-product of loyalty, people are willing to turn a blind eye to unethical and unjust things because of their sense of loyalty to another person or company/business. The saying “you scratch my back, I scratch your’s” comes to mind. It is a conflict of interest when I think about it, I grew up in a community that frowns on disloyalty. Or snitching, to put it better.

Snitches get stitches” – that was the saying I heard a few times growing up. And it is something that has been instilled into my psyche. So the clash between what I have been taught and my moral compass is an ever-present occurrence. Loyalty is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. It enhances relationships, creates a sense of assurance and security. But like a lot of good things, it can be warped and manipulated into something else, something bad. Loyalty can be used against people to restrict, control and even guilt-trip.

But bare in mind, there is a fine line between asking/expecting loyalty and asking/expecting complicity. I’ll leave you guys with a question that I have been pondering on for a while now myself…

Are there ever cases or situations where loyalty is more important than justice?

Also, just to be clear, this question isn’t for people living life on the roads. Because I already know your answer lmao. This is for those that aren’t associated with such activities.

-Dez

The song for today is: Masego – Mystery Lady ft Don Toliver

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