So said Albert Einstein, and here is some more wisdom that I can propagate.
Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen, and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes — you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.
Loyalty is an alignment with another, and its virtues have been extolled as the glue that holds together organizations and relationships. Unquestioning loyalty is another matter. The glue that holds it is a hope of being the future benefactor of privileges and a partner in the spoils, or a fear of repercussions. The room to act is subject to terms and conditions.
Timothy Keiningham and Lerzan Aksoy, in their book “Why Loyalty Matters’ have listed the 10 components that build the loyalty mindset:
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