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A 16 Guidelines view on


When life is going well, it’s easy to forget that change happens in an instant. It is the nature of the universe. In an uncertain world, a sense of loyalty and mutual responsibility is often the glue that holds families and friendships together. It can be the lifeline that helps us to feel safe and supported and enables us to function well.

We all want to be accepted for who we are. Not for what we can buy, what we look like or who we know. When we cannot rely on the loyalty of each other, there is anxiety and insecurity, loneliness and heartbreak.

It is logical to feel loyalty towards the people we feel close to, especially if we want them to be loyal to us. But can this feeling of closeness go further? Is it possible to extend the same warmth and support to people outside our inner circle? What can be done to develop an attitude of loyalty and solidarity towards the wider community and, ultimately, towards the entire planet? Some great people, such as the 16 Guidelines role models, seem able to do this. What would the world be like if we could each extend our sense of loyalty in this way?


To be good-hearted and dependable in all our relationships

A reflection on 


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The benefits of


  • Help people everywhere grow and flourish in an environment of trust, safety and stability

  • Encourage the practice of cherishing and supporting each other no matter what happens

  • Strengthen our ability to stand up and be present for the people and causes we believe in

Did you know?

Teenagers who put their group of friend’s interests before their self-interest have better health as adults. In a study of 171 individuals assessed repeatedly from the ages of 13 to 27 years, those participants who had close friendships in early adolescence were more physically healthy.

‘A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.’

Arabian Proverb

‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.’

Oprah Winfrey

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