Re: "baptism" of fresh summer-campers
Wed, 12 Oct 1994 11:40:35 -0700
Ian Ford writes...
"Following a description of a camp inititiation Randy said thebest English
"word forwhat took place was " hazing " . In my opinional the best <two>
"English words are " psychological abuse " and the best single word is
"good old-fashioned " bullying " - the systematic use of power to degrade
"another human being.
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And there you have it. One person's "harmless fun" is another's
"psychological abuse" or bullying, and all that gets done is endless
arguments over semantics. If you let enough lawyers get into your soup,
they'll drink it all, and there will be nothing left for you. I.e., you
won't be able to get anything done!
There are a lot of harmless pranks, like Don Izard's: "stainless steel
smoke shifter, or 50 feet of shoreline". But the "Any hazing is
psychological abuse" crowd has eliminated even that!
What will we do when we are told that our ceremonial honors, or formal
awards presentations, are "psychological abuse" because they make the
other boys feel bad.
Mind you, I am not condoning violence or intentionally hurting someone.
But how many boys will go into an asthma attack or hyperventilation
because they were thrown into cold water? That shouldn't have been
done because it's just plain dangerous to throw anybody into the water.
But "psychological abuse"? Come on! How would you react to the military
sea survival test that REQUIRES you to jump into cold water from a high dive
(30 foot), (or be pushed if you won't jump) then disrobe to turn your clothes
into floatation devices and float.
I think that we have gotten so far into the "what if"s, that we are getting
to the point where no one will be able to do anything, because "what if".
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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