Now I realise the topic title is a loose version of what I am really asking.
I want to start out with a disclaimer, when I say sacred, the definition I am using is ‘worthy of respect; venerable.’
I don’t mean sacred as in ‘worthy of religious veneration’
When someone in the UK joins the armed forces, they are forced to give an oath to the King.
“I swear by almighty God that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King Charles III, his heirs and successors, and that I will as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend his Majesty, his heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, his heirs and successors and the generals and officers set over me.”
I do believe there are alternate versions nowadays, depending on your religion. (Yes they say atheism is a religion on the form. )
Would you say such an oath (god claims ignored) is worthy of being considered ‘sacred.’
What about a promise to a friend, “Okay, I won’t tell anybody.” do we hold that promise to be sacred?
Of course, there is a question of morality, but that’s not what I’m truly trying to ask.
Is that promise, actually worth adhering to?
Of course, you could argue that it depends on who you are making the promise to, and it is dependant on how much we value that person, but that isn’t addressing the quintessential issue.
What value does a promise actually have on its own?