Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
Today was sorority bid day, and from Facebook it was safe to say that everyone was enthused about the way recruitment went. This really brings to mind the fact that with more people who become members, there are more “ghost” who linger around the chapter walls. I obviously don’t mean literal ghosts, I am talking about the ideas, advice, and legacies left behind by the outgoing members. These legacies play a major role in the future of the organization, but have pros and cons just like every other thing in life.
After people leave Greek organizations, they have an idea in their head as to how the organization should be, and this sometimes clouds their minds to the fact that everything will change with time. This is not always a good thing as people who listen to these “wise” people tend to linger in the past and not go with the times. Older people are not only the ones who tend to linger. Sometimes, younger people who get exposed to people who were active during the “glory days” tend to want to imitate the traditions and activities that took place, and fail to realize that sometimes you need to create something you can call your own.
Everyone thinks being exactly like the people of the old days, but it’s really important to realize that if you don’t go ahead and change with the times, it will be only a matter of time before you wither away and become obsolete.