To be sure, it is a mostly silly and meaningless enterprise, but it can give insights into various personalities by viewing how a number of people "rate" them.
Recently, I received an e-mail saying that I been judged to possess the following positive traits:
- most powerful (I'm not sure why);
- toughest (again, I'm not sure why); and
- most studious (I like this one).
I was also judged to possess the following negative traits, so the e-mail said:
- most loyal (I'm very pleased at this); and
- most punctual.
I was struck not so much at the positive characteristics I was judged to possess, but by what passed for negative characteristics: loyalty and punctuality.
These can only be seen as negative qualities by a society which places a great emphasis on the individual and personal "freedom," and very little emphasis on respect of other people and the common good.
It is a very sad society indeed where loyalty is undervalued and seen as a quality not worth possessing. A society that does not value loyalty and honor cannot long survive.
I've often wondered if I wasn't born a century too late and an ocean away from where I truly seem to fit; this only seems to confirm this suspicion.
N.B.: There is an excellent - and lengthy - article on loyalty here.