“Hazing breaks them down so we can build them up” is one of the hazers’ favorite hackneyed phrases. But as Rachel’s Challenge speaker and fellow Sigma Nu Dave Gamache tells us, we don’t need any more breaking down.
We don’t need to tear people down to build them back up. Everyone’s already been torn down enough; everyone’s already had their battles,” says Dave. “If you get to know someone you’ll realize he’s already been to hell and back a couple of times. We don’t need to do that to anyone again. We need to meet them where they’re at, find the best in them, and give them places in the chapter to become leaders.
This post is part of a series dedicated to providing answers to common excuses for hazing. The #40Answers in 40 Days campaign aims to promote National Hazing Prevention Week (September 20 – 25, 2010) and to ultimately create the definitive collection of crowdsourced knowledge to eliminate hazing.