bind oneself

See: pledge, promise, vow
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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.
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.