Here are some things on my mind this Friday:
•The Jonathan Martin vs. Miami Dolphins scandal is one I’m following with great interest. People that haven’t played sports at a high level or been a part of a fraternity or sorority will always struggle with hazing—while those who endured it typically seek to propagate it. There is a “if I had to go through it, you should have to go through it,” mentality. The white-collar version of it is, “paying your dues.”
•Both Greeks and sports teams view “brotherhood development” as the aim behind hazing. I have to say, it’s not totally useless in that regard. But, most hazers refuse to admit the feeling of power and control they derive from it, and how that feeling makes them dangerous people when they are hazing others.