I’m getting ready to reenlist tomorrow.
Another 4 years of my life will be owned by the USA.
Has me thinking about what it means to swear an oath. How many people have an internal obligation to keep their word? A sense of duty or moral imperative to keep a promise?
Like, I don’t believe I need a contract or justice system to force my compliance with something I said I would do.
Not to make another thread about the decline of humanity. I just want to know what motivates people to follow through.
Is it pride? Not wanting to be known as a promise breaker? Philisophical or religious expectation?
It seems like it’s becoming an unusual traditional practice. After all, a legal contract is much more effective in the world today. But I miss the time of “giving your word” and the sort of social experiment we used to play with each other when making an agreement.
If a man didn’t keep his word, it could ruin his reputation. I think I like that.
Speaking of this, I told Eric I would get the coins in the mail earier this week and the envelopes are still in my backpack… gotta get on that.