The first loyalty—loyalty to one’s innermost self—obviates all other loyalties.
There are two kinds of loyalty—wise and, well, otherwise. Wise loyalty is a connectedness to one’s deepest essence, to the inner I AM. “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
We drink the Kool Aid when our first fealty is not to ourselves.
Loyalty is not a virtue—unless omerta is, unless conformity, accommodation and codes of conduct are, unless the virtues are strategic, personal and exclusionary. Make no vows, Jesus said, speaking to the deaf.
The highest loyalty is loyalty to oneself.