We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I notice they don't include honesty and integrity in their virtue oath.
But one must wonder if this is a response to the persistent failure of their current most famous graduate from being able to remain civil, inclusive or kind?
Still those who do not sign will be exhibiting integrity in their stance against signing an oath that the university has no history of meeting. By its very nature Harvard is not inclusive, nor are they kind or civil to those who might hold differing opinions. Or does this oath only apply to the students and not to the faculty and staff? Will they expel the students that are intolerant of speakers or advocates of say Israel? Or behave in the manner of the Wisconsin students just yesterday in trying to disrupt a press conference reporting on a disliked topic?
I detest most "pledges" and promises, except for the Pledge of Allegiance and for the Honor Code expected of me when I started University - which seemed like a reasonable deal (don't cheat, and if someone else cheats be ready to out them). In current circumstances, i have a particular dislike for these hideous things signed by politicians in an attempt to draw votes, leaving no room for learned wisdom or executive decision making.