GoSpeed’s post about what a real friend is made me ponder about honor and loyalty. A real friend also embraces those two virtues and you can’t have a true friendship without those two. So here is my list of thoughts on them:
Honor and Loyalty is….
…keeping your promises.
…never forsaking others.
…valuing a person over things.
…standing by your friends even though you may lose status or power. True power is friendships.
…putting other peoples welfare before your pleasures.
…saying something when an injustice is done.
…doing all in your power to help your friends.
…is being honest.
…is suffering for your friends transgressions because you know they are weak, but will ultimately do the right thing.
…having faith in others who have proven themselves.
Honor and Loyalty is what makes a person or avatar special. To not embrace these virtues is to be as empty as the shell that our avatars are. To love, honor, cherish and be faithful to our loved ones makes us worthy of life. To fail this is to simply exist. Existence is futile, embrace life for your sake and the sake of others.
The past few months in SL has been very trying for me, GoSpeed, and our extended family. We have been terribly abused by those we felt close to. Fortunately we have a few good friends who have stood by us when others turned their backs on us. Friends are rare indeed, hold onto them and make sure you take good care of them. I am especially grateful for people like Yxes Delacroix, Crap Mariner, Grizzy Griswold, Ginger Shoshtakovich, Aribella Lafleur, Diana Allandale, Honour McMillan and several others. You guys never let us down and I am thankful for your friendship.