These, indeed, are common oaths and just as commonly broken through personal choices of all kinds, selfish and non-selfish, but seen to be imperative in a way that overrides one’s perceived obligation to serve their nation when it has become a trade-off that will harm the self or one’s loved ones to continue honoring the nation and its needs above all else. Nations, like human beings themselves, are flawed, they are based on varying levels of legality, moral considerations, and often a karmic history that is quite mixed and represents a serious amount of baggage for all involved and connected to the enterprise. One obvious example being the conflict between serving the United States of America, given that many indigenous people were present before the nation’s founding, and are still present and in various ways influenced by what the nation does or does not do. So anyone serving the nation but causing harm indirectly to indigenous people is connecting inadvertently to much karmic negativity that will continue to be projected forward, and marshal strength throughout further history until the wrongs of yesteryear are addressed more fully.
In actual fact, as a citizen of a nation, you are connected karmically to all that happens, whether you have a direct role in it or not. By your very presence, you have an energetic link to what goes on and your karma will become intertwined with your nation and all of its doings, and the collective consequences of all living within its borders and everything that is done or not done, and perhaps just decided for you by a ruling body that governs, nonetheless is connected to you karmically and you will share some responsibility for what is done on behalf of the nation you are a part of via your oath of allegiance. So we would disagree with Frankl, that it is only what people do, or not do, that begins to shape their obligation or liability if they are neglecting something or causing harm in some way through their actions, but otherwise will be not affected directly by what the nation might represent or be doing. You are a part of everything that happens, indirectly at least, as a living being present within the earth plane. As a representative of the divine, you have a further link you may not be aware of but still exists, so the very act of your incarnation occurring puts you into the fray, so to speak, and everything that happens you will share in, directly or indirectly, passively or actively, by being influenced karmically.
Anything you do to change things is recorded and will be a factor affecting your future. This is why people need to be a part of things and take responsibility, they do not escape their obligation to society by sitting on the sidelines, refusing to vote, not taking part in opportunities to have their voice heard, and to avail themselves of potential access to those in government making decisions that will change things for the better or for the worse, as the case may be. All human beings have a duty to preserve and safeguard their soul, and as the karmic complications of life will threaten well-being and inner balance, everything affecting you from being the citizen of a nation carries with it a certain karmic and therefore moral responsibility for what happens, if only to some extent, being one of many citizens in most cases, but the obligation will be there. What makes this acceptable is if a person strives to do all required of them by their nation while remaining in divine alignment and not causing harm to anyone along the way. This illustrates another potential problem with oaths, that there are higher spiritual obligations people have to the divine and their soul that transcend human events and interactions, yet people rarely think deeply about this and it leads to many problems.