By Chrissy Husk
Welcome to Delta Sigma Pi – Kappa Sigma Chapter’s blog! I’m Brother Chrissy Husk, your guest writer. I serve as Vice President of Pledge Education in my chapter. I plan to graduate December 2016 with the majors marketing and international studies. When I’m not focused on school or DSP, a lot of my time goes to my hobbies, such as playing the violin, video games, or watching anime. Because I’m often referred to as “the face of brotherhood” (for reasons unknown to me), I decided that I would write about my take on brotherhood, what it means to the world, and what it means to me.
Brotherhood is something a lot like love or happiness—it’s very hard to explain but so enveloping and simple once you experience it.
According to Dictionary.com, brotherhood is defined as “the belief that all people should act with warmth and equality toward one another, regardless of differences.” In other words, a true “brother” loves all of their brothers, regardless of what they like, what they do, or who they are. This is a beautiful textbook way of looking at the subject, and it’s mostly right.
However, it doesn’t allude that brotherhood is messy. It is neither clean-cut nor something to be understood without practice. The dictionary, while correct, glorifies only the good aspects of brotherhood. While these people are our brothers, it does not prevent life from happening and getting in the way of things.
Brotherhood is being there for a friend when they’re upset. It’s the tears and hurt and pain that come with their troubles.
Brotherhood is having a get-together for a brother who is sad due to a loss in the family.
Brotherhood is getting into a quarrel with a brother and learning to work it out with each other. It’s about what you learn while making peace.
Brotherhood is confiding in one another when the world has you down and out. It’s when you’re so frustrated, you’re red in the face, can hardly think straight, and a brother clears your mind with good advice.
Brotherhood is getting into a canoe (fully-clothed on a chilly day) to race down the canal. You trust that your brother won’t flip the boat.
If I had to explain it frankly, it would be this: brotherhood is never being alone. In my fraternity, whether I’m on top of the world or down in the dumps, I always have someone to turn to. This is a feeling that is foreign to most college students. As Deltasigs, we have something incredibly special to share with each other. Because DSP is for life, this bond is something that we will always have with each other.
Next time you think about brotherhood, I encourage you to think about the times you didn’t think you could go on, but thanks to a brother, you made it through. I encourage you to think about the messy things in life. Our struggles make us who we are. However, no one said we had to struggle alone.
Thank you, Kappa Sigma Chapter, for always being there for me.