Hazing Essay

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The concept of hazing has long since been a source of debate, yet it has also served as a means of training designed to save lives. Hazing has been around almost as long as mankind but its formal introduction became most apparent in the military. Hazing is used to bring a group of people together as a unit and teach them a great deal of information in a short amount of time. Hazing is designed as a consequence based teaching method where a mistake leads to harassment of some sort. This harassment may include physical or mental discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, paddling or other forms of physical abuse, excessive fatigue, psychological shocks, chores, involuntary road trips, and any ...view middle of the document...

A single person may not be affected by the punishment, but the mental anguish they receive when watching their peers pay for their own failure is more powerful in changing their actions and learning. The movie Full Metal Jacket gave an accurate portrayal of hazing in the military. Private Pyle, an overweight and undisciplined new comer, gets caught hiding a doughnut in his military supply box where only supplies are permitted. The drill instructor makes the rest of Pyles platoon hold a down position for pushups while Pyle eats his doughnut. Not only does Pyle feel poorly for punishing his team for his actions, but his team resents him and strives to keep him in line. By the end of boot camp, Private Pyle is in peak physical condition and performs his tasks to perfection.Fraternities and sororities almost have a direct link to military in the way of hazing. Both were founded as secret organizations designed to protect students from corrupt universities. They gave their members the freedom to express their ideas and break down the corruptness of the school and church. Militaries were made to hold secret agendas for the purpose of keeping the freedom of the nation and protect it from others trying to harm it. During the civil war, many students were forced into war and fraternities ran thin. When the war was over, the brothers went back to school and brought life back to their fraternities. They brought with them their new knowledge of how to form unity among a group of individuals. Forms of hazing were transferred from the military boot camp directly into the fraternity for their pledges (new members).I feel that fraternities and sororities in this day and age have been looked down upon by many people for their constant parties, lack of concern for school, treatment of women, and most of all their hazing. Hazing is now illegal in most states and forbidden by most fraternity and sorority headquarters. There are a few problems faced with banning fraternities. First of all, fraternities were founded as secret societies. As a secret society, the members of the fraternities strive to keep their actions known only to members making it difficult for others to take action. The main problem with hazing is that there is no concrete definition. Without a solid definition to go on, there is great deal of gray area in enforcing the laws.Fraternities have been around since the 1400s and have produced some of the world's most successful leaders. Fraternities and sororities participate in fund raising, community service, social functions, scholarship, and many other productive events. The most treasured part of sorority/fraternity life is the sister/brotherhood single bond that unites hundreds of thousands of individuals. Aside from the ritual (secret ceremonies of the organizations), the hazing each person endured can bring two strangers together as if they had known each other for their entire lives. In my personal opinion, I feel that hazing is the chief...

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