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Hazing: The Right Form of Brotherhood?

Brotherhood, according to Merriam Webster dictionary, is the condition or quality of being brothers. It is an association of men, a fraternity or union, united for common purposes. But this brotherhood has its conditions. Members have to go through “hazing” which serves as a ritual which involves humiliating, abusing, and harassing as a way of initiating a person into the group. If brotherhood is what these groups are for, then why do hazings exist?

Last July 2014, Guillo Servando, an 18-year old Benilde sophomore died from hazing, and hazing has once again showed its ugly side and will continue to ravage lives if this ritual won’t stop. In year 2000s, there were more than 10 victims of hazing who died, and it’s such a devastating occurrence, because a good future’s waiting for these students, and until now, some of the other victims’ cases remain unsolved. They say that fraternity is for brotherhood. They become a family and brothers. How does hazing contribute to brotherhood? By owing your life to it? Isn’t the whole idea of hazing stupid and messed up? Actually, brothers should care for each other. They should provide each others’ needs without expecting anything in return. If this is the case, then it is not brotherhood. This is what you call “taking for granted”. Leaders of these unions take weaknesses of initiated members for granted in order to join the formation which is cruel and unjust. If your intention is pure and clean, hazing is obviously unnecessary.

The harm and danger of joining fraternities/sororities is very evident nowadays, and it is very alarming that there are students who died from it. A quote says that “None of you believes until what he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself”. If brotherhood is what these unions promote, then these people are doing it wrong. They are just brothers and families, because they are a part of the same union but not because by

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