Loyal, Like a Dog
|A man I used to work for once told me that the problem with my generation is that we have no loyalty. I sat and listened, while he spoke of his children, who were roughly my age, and how they were never loyal to their employers, and how they were self-centered, selfish even. Yet, from what I knew about his kids, they stood up for themselves, and had a fairly low tolerance for bullshit. Interesting how he considered this a bad thing. |
Gina brought this up the other day, in the context of letters of recommendation. That when a superior writes a letter for a (usually former) subordinate, that even if the superior thinks that he is being complimentary by describing that person as "loyal," isn't that really faint praise, or even a mild insult? Certainly when you work for a company, you have certain obligations, duties, and responsibilities to keep. To call someone conscientious of those obligations, duties, and responsibilities, that seems like a positive descriptor. To call someone loyal sounds like you can shit all over them, and they just keep taking it. Like a dog. You train him, you tie him up in the backyard, you feed him meat unfit for human consumption, you snip his balls off, and in return, he licks your hand and is loyal. Yeah, he's loyal. Good dog. No thanks.