"What is loyalty? What makes you loyal to a country, team, brand, person or entity? How do you practically express or interpret your loyalty?" is the latest question that has been asked on iAskJo Jordan questionnaire, a series of direct questions for all to take part. And here I am listing the answers that have been submitted by various people, next to my own thoughts below.
Rani Dababneh, Jordanoholic.com
What is loyalty? What makes you loyal to a country, team, brand, person or entity?
Loyalty, for me, is a mutual, continuous and progressive relationship in which you feel attached, comfortable, belonging and willing to fully sacrifice for an entity that is providing you with something you need, believe in, or of interest to you, so you want to appreciate it by giving back faith, trust, attention and care.
This general concept almost applies on various loyalty types. i.e. I belong to Jordan because I have been living my life in here, not because my dad is originally from Jordan, this has nothing to do with my loyalty or preferences - I belong to the country I'm spending my life in, so beside having all of my good and bad memories in here, Jordan is also enriching my loyalty by providing major fundamental factors as safety, general justice, comfortable environment and culture, beside a great platform for individuals to succeed, hence as a combination of all that reasons above I feel super loyal. If Jordan is not providing a basic factor then it wont be loyal to me, if I don't maintain and develop the country, then I wont be loyal to Jordan. It's a mutual relation, that needs to be enriched and sustained in order for both parties to sacrifice for each others. One thing is different for being loyal to countries is that you sacrifice more without waiting for any personal award or benefit.
Same goes for a team or person, who share the same ideology or act as a role model. Or even brands or products that satisfy your need, you would be loyal to a brand that has been providing you with great experience, so you will sacrifice having couple of bugs for a while, but not so many as you will feel that the brand is not being loyal to you anymore so your loyalty level will also drop gradually.
How do you practically express or interpret your loyalty?
For countries, I practically express loyalty by working hard in order to satisfy the needs of the country I'm being loyal for, to work hard to develop my self as an individual who forms a family, society and a country at the end of the day. I try to treat blind patriotism and blind opposition, Then I try to develop, maintain and reform the community in rational, positive and constructive manners in order to give back and appreciate the platform that country is providing, besides spreading positive thoughts, being honest and faithful, preventing favoritism, maintaining streets and public properties, and most of all being committed and devoted to the country without expecting any awards. For a team or a person I would show it by support or practically converting the thoughts shared, and for products or brands I would buy more and spread my positive feedback.
ما هو الإنتماء؟ ما الذي يجعلك تنتمي لدوله، فريق، شخص أو شيء؟ كيف تعبر إو تطبق انتمائك عملياً؟
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