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Loyalty's Fine Print

"I'm stuck in a generation where loyalty is just a tattoo," a quote that crossed my instagram TL quite a few times yesterday, as I re-posted it, I started thinking, what's up with this famous statement "I'm real?" What does that really even mean? My question is: what's the universal meaning behind "being real" and do the people reciting that line have an agreed upon meaning? Or does each reciter have their own connotation?
 
A lot of people allow you to believe that they possess this exclusive set of loyalty skills, this 'realness' that is so real that there isn't a fake bone in their body. Metaphorically speaking, entering a relationship with someone, be it friendship, or not, you reach a point in that friendship when the duo or group enter a contract. An unspoken contract that each person leans on for security and exclusiveness.
 
So you two (or all) are in this contract believing that the other persons' loyalty lies with you and yours with them; that's only appropriate, right? Because you all are friends? ABSOLUTELY not. There are limitations and boundaries to the so-highly-praised loyalty classification.
 
The truth about these nay-Sayers of fraudulent friendship is that, their loyalty can't lie with every one of their metaphorically contracted friends. In reality, their loyalty levels would classify you and them associates more than anything.

loy·al·ty

[loi-uhl-tee]
noun, plural loy·al·ties.
1.the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
2.faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
3.an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.
The dictionary version of loyalty doesn't imply the obligation of which everyone goes on rants about what they possess and what they feel is real loyalty.
 
So this fine print we all have or will experience, what is it? It is those clauses that resort in the wrong doing and or mistreatment from those who believe they stay true to the definition of loyalty.
 
Here's the thing, there is no way to stay loyal to everyone all the time, at least not if you wish to remain "real." Especially in a group of people, it's even hardest when you call that group your friends.
 
What exactly does loyalty mean to you?
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