Sir Roger Scruton on how loyalty shapes our culture
Thursday, 10 May 2018
In our latest Road to Character lecture, celebrated philosopher and author Sir Roger Scruton examined how loyalty continues to shape our culture and is paramount to flourishing societies.
Sir Roger said that loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which is a vow such a marriage vow or families ties and national loyalty, which is a contractual commitment. The motivation for loyalty may be practical where the commitment is rational and deliberate or sentimental where the commitment may remain despite a cost or disadvantage. Above all, loyalty is a commitment to one's duty which may include family, friendship, career, religion or country.
In order to uphold to the personal and national loyalties which our country will always depend, Sir Roger said we must embrace virtues such as courage, collaboration, wisdom, commitment and honesty. Previous contributors to our Road to Character lecture series have spoken about these virtues, all of which are crucial to flourishing individuals, families and societies.
Watch Sir Roger's lecture here.