A Tale of Loyalty

Siegfried Kircheis

Siegfried Kircheis

Kircheis is an officer serving in the Imperial Fleet. He is a close friend to Reinhard von Lohengramm. During the Astate encounter he serves on Lohengramms flagship, the Brünhild.

Loyalty is about Deep Love.
Just what is loyalty?

Fred Reichheld in his book, The Loyalty Effect, defines loyalty as the willingness to make an investment or personal sacrifice to strengthen a relationship.

Loyalty and Ethics

Plato originally said that only a man who is just can be loyal, and that loyalty is a condition of genuine philosophy. The philosopher Josiah Royce said it was the supreme moral good, and that one’s devotion to an object mattered more than the merits of the object itself.

Lao Tzu’s take on loyalty:
When people lost sight of the way to live
Came codes of love and honesty,
Learning came, charity came,
Hypocrisy took charge;
When differences weakened family ties
Came benevolent fathers and dutiful sons;
And when lands were disrupted and misgoverned
Came ministers commended as loyal.

2 comments on “A Tale of Loyalty”

  1. I think a lot of us think it’s a sign of loyalty to give priority to your friend’s priorities, and to have the “willingness to make an investment or personal sacrifice to strengthen a relationship.”

    This loyalty can be taken to an extreme, so the utmost loyalty will be one where you are a blind follower of your friend, giving up yourslef for the love of sacrifice. However, Seigfried, the epitome of loyalty, proves that the ideal loyalty is not like that.

    His loyalty makes him watch over his superior and companion, Reinhard, without blind submission to the impulses of the latter. He rather monitors Reinhard’s actions and gives him feedback. He once ran after Reinhard to ask him to reconsider his rash decision of punishing Fritz Josef Bittenfeld. And remember Westerland? Kircheis wasn’t taken by the victory of Reinhard as much as he was appalled by the cost; and out of real loyalty he reproached Reinhard on it. He could have remained in obedient silence like Mittermeyer and Reuntal (both of which are loyal, too), but his loyalty doesn’t permit him.
    I remember how Reinhard, indignant and tipsy, asks Seigfried “who do you think you are?” towards the end of that stormy scene between them. Remember what Kircheis said in reply?

    This, I believe, is loyalty.

  2. You have a point. True Loyalty doesn’t mean submission and absolute obedience. Loyalty is not a hierarchical value. It’s all about Love. Thus not incompatible with the idea of Ultimate Sacrifice.

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