The foundation of oaths. A core oath to care for another party.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” — Matthew 6:24
- Care for your mental well being, or you can’t keep the oath.
- Care for your physical well being, or you can’t keep the oath.
- Care for the parties mental well being, or you can’t keep the oath.
- Care for the parties physical well being, or you can’t keep the oath.
Abandon any of these and you abandon any oath to another. It’s too easy to become focused on an oath and ignore the party they are a promise to. Why? Oaths are actually a demonstration of the fluid output of the conscience. Insight. Insight is a right, and you can’t give rights away. They can only be loaned.
It’s a way to express that you have a conscience, that it is healthy, interested, and able to protect another party. If your ability and interest in protecting the other party are compromised, any other details of the oath become irrelevant. If the leaves wilt, the stem rots, the flower dies.
Sometimes contracts accompany oaths, but they different in purpose, scope and how they work. Contracts should (in a fair healthy system) always be about at least justice, a human right. Justice is there not to protect any particular individual, but protect societies health by discouraging defectors. Contracts may also protect any other human right, but honorable contracts should always include justice.
Oaths have no enforcement mechanism other than social pressure, only contracts named after them do. Oaths are simply a promise that not only does your conscience appreciate another party, but you are willing to lend some of your freedom (another core right) to protect and enhance some or all of their other rights. You can’t give away your rights, you can only promise to lend them morally while you are producing a surplus.
The leaves of oath are both simple to understand and simple to miss because they are so pervasive in scope. Often oaths are violated at the leaves first. How? The most visible part of the oath, the flower, becomes the focus of the honorbound, and the leaves and the stem that connect them to the flower are left to rot. Essentially you can both fall in love with an oath to party, and abandon one or more of that parties basic needs. Flaunting an already broken oath.
- Spouses ignore their partners basic needs, or their own needs, while preening in public.
- Soldiers employed by tyrants kill the citizens they swore to protect.
- Parents and their informal unspoken oaths to their children’s needs, sacrifice their happiness and health, for the flower of ‘their future.’
Image, the most visible part of the oath, is served, while the sworn party is to is left only to act as a slave. An exercise in peacocking for social status. AKA: The show
Insight is the output of the conscience, and civilization functions best when people are the most free(freedom) to benefit from it’s risk calculations. It is how we live and grow together.
Oaths are sworn to protect human rights, but often become silently invalid when they impinge or neglect the rights of others. Either you or your sworn parties basic needs are met, or those needs, such as human rights, have become abandoned.
Most likely the oath giver has overreached, but carries on like the oath is still honored. Oaths are not a crime for a reason. Errors can happen. Data can change. Strength can wane. The only dishonor is pretending a rot in basic human needs is healthy.
This brings up the question of death oaths. An oath to die is morally equivalent to an oath until you die. Part of an oaths utility is it utilizes positive subconscious calculation, and if that calculation changes for the worse and you can’t act, you have morally scrubbed the utility of the conscience. A conscience ignored can’t provide a human rights based outcome. Blocking all ability to act on insight is inherently the most broadly psychopathic action you can take, since all rights originate in the behaviors unique to the conscience. A person must be able to manage their own rights, so an oath to die can be made to the self, but no one can morally accept a death oath from another. It is a switch from civilization to a master/slave system. It is enslavement.
Don’t fall in love with the archways and baubles of oaths, without caring for foundations they rest on.
- Be cautious with social pressure on others, unless you are sure you understand their current conditions, and that all parties basic needs can be reasonably met. If you judge, you risk letting an effigy of an unfulfillable promise become your master.
- Be weary of contracts named after oaths. It’s a branding exercise to enforce a promise that may become immoral.
- Oaths that swear death to others permanently abdicate all human rights, an immoral act. You can only lend rights, once you have abdicated any rights for good, you are a slave.