Ok, I know I have not been the most active person on here in recent weeks…or months. I apologize to all for that. I have been off on a new adventure in Arizona after finishing Grad School. That said, a recent conversation and some things I have been reading have recently gotten me reconsidering the work I have done and the work I would still like to do with Fraternity and Sorority Life.
Ok, regardless of how you feel about politics, I am going to bring in a quote because it applies to what I would like to discuss today.
“Besides, as I’ve said before, she’ll be an excellent president for the system we now have, even though Bernie would be the best president for the system we need.”
-Robert Reich on Hillary Clinton
I bring this quote up for a very important reason. Please disregard the fact that this is speaking about political candidates you may or may not have some very strong opinions or feelings about. I am asking that instead you focus on the message.
Now take some time to think back to your Fraternity or Sorority Experience. If you were not in an FSL Organization, think back to your days in whatever activity you found important enough to devote your time to.
Did you ever run for a position? Did you ever consider taking on some form of leadership role? Was it pressed upon you, perhaps even unwanted?
Think back still to your actions and motivations. I had this conversation with my friend and co-worker. I have a lot of respect for this person and as we talked, we both admitted that we would have acted perhaps very differently today and made decisions contrasting to our younger selves. See, we all change and come to understand ourselves and lives differently as we grow. That is a fact.
So here is my challenge for you young folks looking to follow in our shoes. You have heard the stories perhaps from older members. You might even have some of that pressure from alumni. We are active in an incredibly interesting system. See, we are members of organizations where the responsibility to make all decisions generally falls in the hands of 19-22 year olds.
That in itself is not a bad thing. What is bad is when we make those decisions based on perhaps our most recent history. Think back to the history of Fraternity and Sorority life in the US. Think back to the founding of your own organization, group, or hobby. Think back through their storied tradition.
Now, consider your views when you took the leadership role. Consider your vies when you seek a leadership role.
Are you the best leader for the current system, one which many people think is broken in regards to FSL?
Or are you the best leader for the system we should have and how are you going to lead us there?