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What is fidelity?

We explain what fidelity is and how it develops in human relationships. How an infidel acts and faithfulness as a Roman god.

  1. What is fidelity?

Faithfulness is one of the most important virtues of human beings , especially when it comes to stable and lasting love relationships. Being faithful to the person you chose to share life is synonymous with respect , understanding and commitment.

Faithfulness implies a true connection with the source and is closely related to loyalty . In the past this concept was related to the fulfillment of a person’s duty and fidelity towards a lord or a king.

The word fidelity comes from the Latin fidelitas and refers to the concept of serving a god. It relates to a capacity of the human spirit to fulfill the promises we have made. It is a virtue that man has to keep his word.

Making a promise requires a great sovereignty of our spirit, since it implies making a decision about what we are going to do in the near or distant future (in a way of promise) and commit ourselves to it. What will happen around this promise to fulfill something we cannot foresee, that is why fidelity is so important. No matter what happens, be it good or bad, fidelity leads to fulfill what was promised .

A faithful person is able to fulfill his promise, regardless of whether he feels different in the future, submits to adverse situations or thinks differently. Even a person may regret having made a promise, but it is faithful who keeps it in spite of everything. Who promises, is free and does it conscientiously.

  1. Fidelity in human relationships

A person who is faithful to the other is not able to deceive or betray their loved ones . A human being who is faithful, accepts his commitments and fulfills them. Faithfulness is a moral value that makes the human being keep his word.

Sometimes this word is not explicit but is understood in context. For example, in a relationship, it is understood that both must remain faithful to the commitment to have chosen and not deceive, lie or hurt. Faithfulness goes beyond the mere action of deception (with another person, for example), it also implies respect and understanding of the other .

  1. The infidel

An unfaithful person is one who breaks the commitment established with one person to maintain a loving relationship with another. In this respect, the promise of union is broken and whoever is unfaithful does not fulfill his word of commitment to the other.

From the religious point of view, those who do not profess the religion or faith considered true , such as in relation to Christianity or Islam , are considered unfaithful .

  1. Fidelity as a Roman god

The fidelity was regarded as one of the Roman gods and was Numa who first erected a temple and altars in his name. Fidelity was offered flowers, incense and wine, but victims could not be sacrificed . The priests of those temples were covered by white veils that symbolized the candor and wrapped their hands and head in a cloak as they were led in a car to the place of sacrifice.

Fidelity was recognized by the key she possessed, the white dress and the dog that was next to her. Usually, she was represented as a woman with a small basket of fruits in one hand and ears of wheat in the other hand. United hands also represent faithfulness.

  1. Fidelity within communication

In every human relationship, communication that requires both sender and receiver to understand each other is essential . Several factors can interfere with the understanding of a message, but mainly it is a lack of interest in the other which makes a good understanding difficult.

Fidelity within the field of communication corresponds to the situation in which a communicator achieves what he wants . The fidelity of a process corresponds to the proper way to encode and decode a successful message. The fidelity of a message is affected by what is called noise . If the noise is reduced, the fidelity increases. In the same way it is reduced if the noise increases.

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