Whose side are you on?
What church do you go to?
What team picked you?
Are you in the green turtle group or the blue dolphin group?
What's your last name?
At an early age we are taught divisiveness that doesn't include a single numeral or symbol. We learn that there is a place we "belong", and simply because of that we learn a loyalty to whatever group that may include. Family, school, church, activities. All of these offer an identity within a group, and the strength of that bond and connectedness allows for the learning of loyalty. The sad news is that this process is slowly dying in our country.
What happens when parents divorce? How can a child truly stay loyal to one parent without the feeling of betrayal to the other? What happened to "For better or worse". Too many times when the "worse" comes down, the loyalty to each other evaporates. Our generations are learning that the average length of forever is 7 years.
The very act of staying with an establishment even in times of disagreement is a rarity. Explain why there is a church on every corner? Is it because we just have so many Christians that we fill one and another house of pews needs to be built? Or is it that the inside bickering and disagreement of theology lends those to create their own church rather than remain loyal and work through the conflict?
I suppose I think that loyalty should follow the following hierachy. Faith, Family,Country,Self. Certainly, the last one is important, but too often remains forgotten. I think being loyal to yourself makes it possiblle for your loyalty to grow in others.
I know that one remains loyal to other things, but with the invention of free agency it's a little more difficult in football.