bind oneself

See: pledge, promise, vow
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In some of the larger towns there are artels of a much more complex kind-- permanent associations, possessing large capital, and pecuniarily responsible for the acts of the individual members." The word "artel," despite its apparent similarity, has, Mr Aylmer Maude assures me, no connection with "ars" or "arte." Its root is that of the verb "rotisya," to bind oneself by an oath; and it is generally admitted to be only another form of "rota," which now signifies a "regimental company." In both words the underlying idea is that of a body of men united by an oath.
It is something to bind oneself to the court that in case you fail to abide by the terms under which one is released then you stand to forfeit that amount to the court.
However, there seems no reason why one cannot, with equal energy and regularity, bind oneself to naturalistic ethics and with other principled nontheists.
Fear to bind oneself for life, to have children, to have a large family, to have to give up selfishness in exchange for mutual self-giving.
The power to bind oneself to a particular course of action serves an important social function among many such that beliefs contribute to making possible.