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I was first introduced to the black greek system by my cousins both of whom are members of my fraternity I remember being about 7 or 8 years old and one of my cousins had just finished pledging He had a paddle in the corner of his room with all of his information on it date and time of initiation name of his line his number etc and I thought it looked like a cool toy so I picked it up and started swinging it around like a baseball bat My cousin walked into the room and immediately snatched the paddle out of my hand and threw me on the bed and very sternly told me that I could not touch that paddle until I earned the right to touch it I went crying to my mother and she had no sympathy for me She only said You shouldnt have touched it She understood I didnt She was greek I wasnt Its over 20 years later Now I understand I began to understand on a rainy Sunday night in April when I became a Sphinxman when I became a pledge That process altered my life forever The process of pledging a fraternity The idea of a fraternity is neither a recent nor a unique idea The motivation behind what is modernly called fraternity has been around for thousands of years Derived from the French word for brotherhood it is a concept that can be traced to as far back to the building of the pyramids of Giza when the ancient stone masons formed their own groups to provide a system of support among their own groups In the early 1700s the notion of a fraternity took on a different turn with the re-emergence of the Freemasons The Freemasons were on the verge of extinction when four lodges from the area around London England helped to revitalize Masonry into what it is now
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