How Much Loyalty Can You Buy?
Back in the 1970’s 10cc, a band from my home town had a massive hit with a song entitled The Things We Do For Love. It was an angsty song about the seemingly foolish things that we are willing to do for love.
Underneath its sort of silly lyrics is a greater truth, however. We’ve all heard that money makes the world go around, and maybe that’s true on one level, but love (and bonding) I would suggest are far more of a motivating force. Human beings are willingly do things for love that they wouldn’t consider doing for money. I’m not just talking about the sacrifices that a parent makes for a child or a spouse for their partner. Those sorts of things are societally conditioned in to us, and are therefore expected.
What I’m talking about is the kind of fully willing, self-sacrifice that is part and parcel of the job of someone like a Secret Service agent.
Think about it for a minute, how many jobs have you interviewed for where you are required to literally take a bullet for the boss? Yet, that is exactly what Secret Service agents pledge to do, they willingly sign up to defend the President with their very lives. Maybe you are feeling a little cynical about whether these guys really would take a bullet, maybe you’re thinking; that’s never going to actually happen. Well, despite the fact that it is usually very difficult to get close enough to the President to actually shoot him, twelve Secret Service agents have taken a bullet for a President over the years.