I got my commission to be a notary public today. You know, many notaries public take their position rather lightly. They're easily pressured by employers and clients into violating their oaths of office by doing things such as notarizing a document without a personal appearance by the signer or fudging dates. For that matter, many people see the execution of documents and taking written oaths as exercises in collecting signatures rather than the important acts that they usually are. Some people also think that signing contracts are mere formalities. Maybe this comes from the overload of paperwork in our overly complex society, but people should slow down before they commit their seals and signatures to things.
Originally posted as a Facebook note.