“BE LOYAL TO THOSE WHO TRUST YOU”
LOYALTY, according to Terence, is pure and perfect faith,
never showing one thing for another.
The virtue of loyalty may be compared to the cranes.
They have a king and they all serve him with more loyalty
than is encountered in any other animal. At night, when
they go to sleep, they place their king in the middle and
they surround him and they always send two or three among
them to stand guard. And these, in order not to fall asleep,
keep a foot up in the air, while the other stands on the
ground. And in the foot which is up they always hold a
stone so that, should sleep surprise them, the stone would
fall and they would feel it. And this they do out of loyalty
to one another to protect their king and the other cranes
Seneca says: “He who loses faith cannot lose anything else.
” Solomon says: “Many people are called pious, but you will
not find many who are loyal.”
Socrates says: “Be loyal to those who trust you and you are
certain never to have a bad end.”
Juvenal says: “Everything on earth is praised by somebody,
criticized by somebody else—but loyalty and truthfulness
are praised by all.”
Longinus says: “There are three ways whereby a man may
become great: being loyal, telling the truth and not think-
ing idle thoughts.”
I like a Highland friend who will stand by me, not only when
I am in the right, but when I am a little in the wrong.
—SIR WALTER SCOTT
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
© Church of the Science of GOD, 1993