Quality begins on the inside… and then works its way out. ~Bob Moawad
Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs) were created for a purpose. The push behind why anything was ever done, created, or exists was due to individuals with a focused and prepared mind. The respective organizations that make up Divine 9 were created to serve the communtiy and to advocate equality, civil rights, political activism, all for the betterment of the African American community. But in today’s times, we are seeing more and more young men and women join organizations and then change. Change into something different, something completely different from the person they were before Greek Life.
Do those 3 Greek letters define you, or do you define the letters?
Does the popularity which comes with crossing blur the bigger picture, and encourage those with no self identity to be caught up in the hype and not the purpose? I worry about those who are now interested or wish to one day become Greek. Do people who aspire to become Greek know who they are? Or are they attracted to the glamour of being Greek?
What exactly pushes those who want to join to actually be Greek? Is it to serve a greater purpose, or to shimmy like the Kappas and stomp like the Deltas, because it’s the “thing” to do? Joining an organization such as the ones in the Divine 9 does provide opportunities that are once in a lifetime. However, if you have clear reason of what you’re doing or why you’re doing it, then why do it at all? There is a lot of work that goes into being Greek.
Everyone needs a clear understanding of who they are, if not you are cheating yourself. Try to be fully aware of how every single thing that you do, thought that you think, and feeling that you sometimes feel, affects your life and shapes your destiny.
Take a step back, and understand the responsibilit of being Greek. It will no longer be about you. Joining any organization of any kind requires responsibility, maturity, selflessness, and a undying love that no one can take away.
So when joining a BGLO, don’t get so caught up on who knows you but get caught up in how many lives you actually touch and impact. If you don’t have an understanding of who you are then, maybe you should think twice about joining a Greek letter organization, until you can actually answer the question: who are you?