An Inquiry into Lies and Liars Page 2
Furthermore, some groups of people, like fundamentalist Jews, may and doengage in ritual denials of oaths in advance of swearing them. Take, forexample, the
solemn declaration of fundamentalist Jews a YomKippur every late September/early October:
"All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are likely to takebetween this Yom Kippur and the next YomKippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all berelinquished and abandoned, null and void,neither firm nor established. Let our personalvows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."
How can "we the people" possibly trust the integrity of those who foresweartheir oaths in advance? Religion pundits might claim they mean that KolNidre declaration refers only to personal oaths like "I swear I'll stopsmoking," But in reality they have no idea what sincerity lurks in the hearts of the members of their flocks.
could apply to all oaths, personal,impersonal, formal, informal, large, small, significant, and insignificant. Inother words, you cannot trust people who foreswear their oaths in advance toadhere to oaths they swear subsequently.
And, interestingly, devout Ashkenazi Jews often wind up in leadershippositions in courts and elsewhere in government because they have thehighest average IQ (115) of any genetic group on the planet. So the meaningand sincerity of their oath-taking has salient relevance to their performance of duties according to law and rules of procedure.
Why We Cannot Trust Judges and Prosecutors
From practical experience, how do I know you can’t trust judges and otherofficials to abide by their loyalty oaths? Simple. I monitor their