Co-existence = Brotherhood = Fraternities?
Posted by palab0y
Just recently, In Tayabas City, Quezon, someone died because of a choice, a choice that he never imagined would change his and everybody’s lives that much. Maybe pressured by his friends or just pushed by his emotional problems, he chose to be one of something he never lived to be part with. He died because of hazing.
“Hazing is an often ritualistic test and a task, which may constitute harassment, abuse or humiliation with requirements to perform random, often meaningless tasks, sometimes as a way of initiation into a social group. The definition can refer to either physical (sometimes violent) or mental (possibly degrading) practices; it may also include an ‘erotic’ element (notably nudity).
The word “hazing” is most frequently encountered in the United States and Canada. In the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth countries, ragging, fagging or fooling is usually used instead. In Australia, the term “bastardisation” is used. In continental European languages, terms with a ‘christening’ theme or etymology are often preferred (e.g. baptême in French, Taufe in German, doop in Dutch in Flanders) or variations on a theme of naïveté and the rite of passage such as a derivation from a term for freshman (e.g. bizutage in French, ontgroening ‘de-green[horn]ing’ in Dutch) or a combination of both, such as in the Finnish mopokaste (literally “moped baptism”, “moped” being the nickname for freshmen, stemming from the concept that they would be barred from riding a full motorcycle by their age). In Swedish, the term used is “nollning”, literally, zeroing. In Spain, the term is “novatada” from “novato” meaning newcomer.
Often most or all of the endurance, or at least the more serious ordeal, is concentrated in an orgiastic collective session, which may be called hell night, or prolonged to a hell week and/or retreat or camp, sometimes again at the pledge’s birthday (e.g. by birthday spanking), but some traditions keep terrorizing pledges (a common term for the initiation candidates; alternative terms include newbie, rookie, mainly in athletic teams and freshman) over a long period, resembling fagging.
Hazing is often used as a method to promote group loyalty and camaraderie through shared suffering (male bonding in fraternities), either with fellow participants, past participants or both.
A tentative explanation from evolutionary psychology is that grave hazing can condition the habituation and internalization of the psychological trait known as Stockholm syndrome in humans.”
Hearing the word hazing, the first thing that touches our minds is fraternities and their way of welcoming neophytes in their group. In other words, before becoming one of them, you must endure a series of tasks, may it be mental, psychological or the most common and painful, physical abuse.
“Fraternity” and “Sorority” (from the Latin words frater and soror, meaning “brother” and “sister” respectively) are most commonly known as social organizations for undergraduate students at colleges and universities. There are also analogous, but less common, organizations for secondary students. Typically, fraternities are initiatory organizations, membership is considered active during the undergraduate years only, and the fraternity may be organized to provide academic mutual assistance, residential and dining facilities, and a comprehensive social calendar.” –wikipedia
In short, fraternities did not start with the same reputation as the fraternities today, then fraternities and sororities are organizations which were dedicated in cooperating with the school or university when it comes to fund raising, for the maintaining of peace, orderliness and cleanliness of the campus. But you know as always in the Philippines, Filipinos tend to exaggerate everything every now and then. Nowadays, their purpose of joining these organizations is for the thrill of being inducted plus the benefits of having a group of thugs ready to break and bash for their protection.
From my thoughts and my opinions, I really don’t think that people don’t need to join these sort of organizations, just for the sake of brotherhood and such. Also, this is not a solution to our problems like our enemies or our desperate need for protection. If from the beginning, our rights as human being are being violated, what more on the rest of our membership if we are going to join. We were made to be stewards of our co-creations so we are responsible not just for the trees and animals but for the sake of our fellow brothers and sisters including ourselves. Think twice before thinking of joining. The moment you make up your mind about joining, the burden will start. Think of these things before thinking of joining such organizations.
· Think about yourself, what will happen to you in case you fail to endure all the challenges.
· Think about your parents, and how they would feel if ever you get hurt while joining the organization.
· Think about life, life is wonderful as it is, we just have to know how to adapt or dwell with the situations we are in.
(this one is the most important)
· Think about God, the one who created us. The one who loved us the most, and He will be our protector. If ever no one is accepting you, he will accept you with open arms. He’s the only one you need, no more, no less.
May I also take this opportunity to ask for your prayers for Chester Paulo Abracia who died recently because of this issue, he lives in Pagbilao, Quezon Philippines, 18 years old and is a student in a certain school here in Lucena Taking up Maritime. May he receive justice in what he had suffered under merciless people …