A Tale of Loyalty
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.
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.“