The problem with modern contracts is that every clause must be defined and made explicit with penalties for failing to meet each requirement. They require at least two different parties to agree to the terms, and one of them always has a disadvantage. An oath, on the other hand, is more general in nature and usually only requires that the overarching goals be accomplished.
I recently quit my latest job, which was for a high-ranking government entity who shall not be named in order to focus more attention on gearing up towards grad school.1 I needed to free up some more time. Working 45 hours a week doesn’t leave much time for myself or my own endeavours and I need more freedom with my life. I’m going to work on another batch of reconstructed bronze age wine, apply for scholarships, finally prepare and post the data from my honours project, and generally try to make an impression on the [online] academic community.
I won’t get any of it done if I keep all of this to myself. Also, if I formalize this into a contract with clauses, punishments and rewards I would be disappointed at the end result. So consider this an oath to simply build myself up and keep going in the right direction.
- I also do not support what this politician is doing to our country, but that is a different story… [↩]