Ringulf wrote: Straelbora wrote:
Ringulf wrote:It seems we all have different ideas in mind and the idea of what you feel appropriate will resonate with you, I think it would be great for each of us to write down our own "Oath of Fealty" in our own words and say them to whatever Captain, King or Diety we feel is appropriate.
I feel like at this point in my life I know who I would lay my life down for and who I would swear to, to uphold that.
When I became a Boy Scout I did not know enough about this or any other world to fully understand what I was swearing to, so I cheerfuly made my oath which was broad and well grounded so I never had a reason to regret it. I know this is fantasy, but even in clubs and groups nowadays I tend to be very serious about my word.
I am all for an oath and a token to remember it by.
It should in my mind be personal, can certainly be shared with brothers and sisters of like mind and heart, not so sure it needs to be a uniform one.
I think it would be very special for each of us to share, as we see fit, what our Oaths would be. If you have one in mind Rifter lead the way! If anyone feels particularly drawn to one or anothers then I am sure it's author would be happy to allow a brother or sister to share it.
When I was sworn in as an attorney in the state of Michigan, part of the oath was, "I will abstain from all offensive personality."
And insofar as I have seen, you have always upheld your word Good Straelbora, I hope I have done the same, I would not seek to offend by my words nor contribute aught but reason to my Brothers and Sisters.
(Unless I am just being silly in which case all fetters are flown)
My wife might disagree about the abstention from offensive personality....
Actually, the MI attorney swearing in oath has some nice points, considering that lawyers are called 'esquire' (shield bearer) and the notion that they are 'champions' (in the original sense of the word- a fighter on the field (champ in French)- in the place of the person who couldn't fight for himself.
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm):
I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Michigan;
I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers;
I will not counsel or maintain any suit or proceeding which shall appear to me to be unjust, nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land;
I will employ for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided to me such means only as are consistent with truth and honor, and will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice or false statement of fact or law;
I will maintain the confidence and preserve inviolate the secrets of my client, and will accept no compensation in connection with my client's business except with my client's knowledge and approval;
I will abstain from all offensive personality, and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness, unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged;
I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay any cause for lucre or malice;
I will in all other respects conduct myself personally and professionally in conformity with the high standards of conduct imposed upon members of the bar as conditions for the privilege to practice law in this State."