We have all seen the effects of disloyalty in any context. On one hand, it is surprising (in a bad way), disappointing, and harmful to nearly everything and everyone involved. We simply lose trust when someone is disloyal, and we expected more.
On the other hand, loyalty demonstrated in both good and bad times is one of the quickest builders of trust we can initiate. We must be willing to be loyal to those around us for a while before we gain the trust we seek, and this is fair. Yet, isn’t that what both trust and loyalty are all about? Don’t we need and want consistency in others, and must we not show it ourselves?
On a bad day, we must not lose sight of what we want from others: loyalty, which leads to trust. This is the stuff families and communities are made of. Those lead to larger bodies of loyal and trustworthy entities.