All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing about them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, violence, freedom, respect and loyalty. Since my earliest recollection as a student of Latin I've been intrigued with the words Semper Fidelis (always faithful). That's exactly what loyalty is — faithful to a trust, to an ideal, to a cause or to another.
Rudyard Kipling's “Thousandth Man” venerates the mere idea of loyalty. Loyalty is foundational to civilization. What the romances, tragedies and the statues celebrate, and the grim civic monuments remind us of, is humanity's understanding that loyalty is the purest of gold. That's worth writing about.
Loyalty is important to me. I work hard to teach my children the essence of the “Thousandth Man.” But you teach loyalty by being loyal.