Light From the East
Arnold Joseph Toynbee was a renowned historian who wrote the Theory of Challenge and Response.
'All people at all stages of their development have certain challenges to meet. They meet these challenges by accepting them and producing a response which will carry them one step further in civilization until another challenge is presented.
If a people do not respond or respond in such a way as to use up their creativity then their civilization shall surely decay'.
I had to memorize this theory in the seventh grade (a long time ago). Strangely enough, it has been a tool of which I have often used. Life presents us as individuals with never ending challenges. We can accept these challenges and adapt or ignore them and become outdated or antiquated.
Our fraternity is at a standstill. Recent growth is down and attendance is bare. It has come to a point where we are on hold and must find a way to adapt to this new generation or find ourselves without a future, without any hope. Our elders are often times heard grumbling, 'this is not the same fraternity as when I joined'. I do not dispute that things are changing, however I ask them to recall the time when they joined the fraternity and ask if their elders did not say the same thing to them. This organization is an ever changing, ever adapting fraternity. We must find a way to mix tradition with the new in order to succeed.
J.L. Cochran, WM