Episode 4: Join a Fraternity! Be All That You Can Be! Now You're a Man! Right?

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Is joining a fraternity is a necessary part of a man's development?

Well, maybe. College fraternities are addressing a genuine need all young men feel—the need for a transition from childhood to be accepted as a grown man. The problem is that they are doing a poor job of meeting that need with genuine and healthy "Rites of Passage."

This week Tripp and Casey sit down with Jayson Gaddis and talk about the Rite of Passage concept and its absence in modern western culture. With no Rite of Passage, men miss out on an essential ingredient to our healthy development. Jayson points out that the typical pattern of following the "shoulds" in life and not getting in touch with our true purpose is almost epidemic. "It's a recipe for midlife crisis," he says.

This is Part 1 of a three-part series. Listen to Part 2: How Does a Rite of Passage Affect the Rest of your Life? & Part 3: Is it Necessary to Get Close to Death to Live Life?

Additional Resources:

- InnerNature.org
- The Authentic Man Program
- From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age
- Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood