John Ruskin on loyalty

Sebastian Junger could have written this.

“It is easy to imagine an enthusiastic affection existing among soldiers for their colonel. Not so easy to imagine an enthusiastic affection among cotton-spinners for the proprietor of the mill.

“A body of men associated for purposes of robbery (as a Highland clan in ancient times) shall be animated by perfect affection, and every member of it be ready to lay down his life for the life of his chief. But a band of men associated for purposes of legal production and accumulation is usually animated, it appears, by no such emotions, and none of them are in anywise willing to give his life for the life of his chief.”

 

Junger said that the ultimate state of Christian brotherly love is found in a small outpost of soldiers surrounded by their enemies. People are ready to lay down their lives for people they don’t even like.

 

The Ruskin material is lifted from Curtis Yarvin’s article on substack