"I most solemnly promise and swear / that i will not indulge unduly / in any drug, / such as alcohol, / ether, / opium, / hashish, / or cocaine, / whereby my full consciousness / and free will / might be impaired."now considering how many times i had seen at least two of the officers at my I degree drink (and sometimes smoke) themselves into unconsciousness -- let's just say it was on a daily basis, if they could find the means to do so while proclaiming it to be a ritual "unto Nuit" the Oath came as a shock to me when I read it, for I knew none of them were keeping to it, and saw the whole thing as a joke. I felt very very deceived when I read it (and more so because the ritual itself was kept away from me deliberately). this has nothing at all to do with what david wrote about "you are to find out your limits" obviously, once one knows the *letter* of the Oath. that's why i believe firmly in "informed consent", because of my own experience. if i had seen a bunch of drunken old hippies and wanted to join them, fine... nothing wrong with parties (if no one is harmed)... but this was very different, as one's word is one's bond... how many people would be all that attracted to the Caliphate OTO if they knew it *wasn't* all about partying but they were to be taking Oaths *not to party* in effect. it still messes up my head a bit, though, the person i was then was probably attracted to that last gasp of the hippie scene (and most of the people hanging out at places like Starry Wisdom in the early to mid 1980s were of my generation, and some had been partying for at least a decade since, some of the artists, writers, and musicians as well as magicians of this city) i just couldn't understand then, and don't understand now why it was *so important* to induce people to join the Caliphate to begin with... where one ends up giving a lot of one's time, work, effort and energy to helping one or two at the top of a pyramid? i mean, why bother signing up your alleged friends to that thing? for degrees and titles that are pretty meaningless after all?