All for One and One-for-All Oath
One of the consequences of this increasingly transactional world is that even the most mundane activities have agreements and conditions that must be agreed and adhered to. At the very least, the concerned party must signal acquiescence by means of a signature or a tick mark in a box, virtually or on paper. Most of the time, people take just a cursory glance before accepting and then quickly move ahead to whatever business is contingent upon that agreement. So why do swearing-in ceremonies of governments still adhere to the wearisome task of individual enunciation of the terms and conditions of their appointments, distinguished only by different names prefixed and suffixed by an “I” and the rest of the oath respectively? Not only does it make for needless repetition, the ennui of the captive audience is also a much underplayed factor. Public pronouncements are all very well, but not when there are dozens of them, all the same. In this age of speed, surely, there could be some method of collective oath-taking — say, for all ministers of similar rank — with only the PM singled out for a solo performance. While their combined perorations may not make for very melodious emanations from the dais, the time, energy and tedium saved may make such a revamp of an age-old tradition worthwhile indeed.