Originally posted by ALightinDarkness
I personally could care less. Its just a pointless college frat ritual. I've seen/read many of them. Let them have their "secrets."
I DO however, find it very interesting that we have a number of people who say they decry freemasonry because of its secrecy, and yet those people are
not in here expressing outrage at all these college frats keeping their secrets. What gives? Seems very inconsistent...
Most of the people that are vociferously objecting are frat boys
while they typical masonic lodge member is an old man
. The youthful
zeal of fraternity boys
leads them to zealously defend their fraternity in ways that may seem frivolous to mature people. Fratternity
tendency to magnify value of things along with their energy and idealism lead to them vociferously objecting to the ritual exposure.
When you are in your teens and early 20's, you tend to magnify the value in certain things, especially when you are going through the confusing and
at times stressful experience of college. For example, they will call people they have only known a few weeks "best friends forever." They of
course fall out or lose touch with many of their so called BFF's. Mature adults on the other hand are less likely to attach a high value to many
In the case of fraternites, young fraternity members are applying a magnified value to their fraternities. Although former fraternity members like
myself may look back with fondness towards some of the friends and experiences they had as a fraternity member, they usually devalue the importance of
the fraternity in their lives. My family, my health, my career, my closest friends (all of whom at the moment were not in my fraternity), my hobbies,
my love of learning, my finances, and several other things are far more important to me at this time in my life than the fraternity I was a member of.
Yet to many young fraternity members, the fraternity is one of the most important entities in their life and they are willing to defend it just like
an older person may be willing to fight tooth and nail to protect their child from harm.
People that age also have a lot of energy and idealism. They use that energy not just to perform physical acts, but to perform mental acts like
caring about something. For example, many young people may have an intense devotion for a cause like environmentalism. They may be willing to not
only put a great deal of effort into performing actions for their cause like holding protest rallies, but they are also willing to psychologically
commit to their cause. They are willing to subject themselves to psychological disappointment and stress and from the outside world to further their
cause. Mature adults on the other hand are less likely to physically commit and psychologically commit to things. Mature adults have less energy and
have also had been burned in the past because they psychologically committed to something that ended up failing.
When it comes to fraternity members, they are able to put a great deal of physical and psychological effort into their fraternities. Not only do they
put a lot of energy into performing fraternity functions like planning events, but they also psychologically commit to their fraternity. They are
willing to commit their hearts and souls to the fraternity. When you attackt he fraternity, you are attacking the hearts and souls of its members who
have given it their hearts and souls. Thus, young fraternity members feel deeply offended and feel the need to vociferously object withen the
fraternity ritual is exposed.