Yep, titles are a wonderful and so are a million distractions that hamper any writer or artist throughout their lives; school, work, friends, family, that one enemy who wants to pour gasoline on your commode and sends dogs after you to piss on everything you love, and the occasional hurdle with the publishing industry. Yeah, it's not all roses and chocolates trying to make it in any artistic form in this world.
Hey, it beats a white collar job, right? (Hopefully.)
This is an exercise in scatter-brained thoughts, but one thing interesting is happening to many students, like me, throughout the United States; they keep getting invitations to join something called Sigma Alpha Pi, or, the National Society of Leadership and Success.
More than anything else, some red alert flags on in my mind whenever an invitation to join a school-related club or society or sorority or circle jerk comes around, but this one seems rather odd, to say the least.
No way to get into said organization/society without being invited out of the blue one day, one-time registration fee of 85 bucks and a couple of Orientation meetings, and apparently you're on your way to being a leader and to $100,000 in scholarship, lifetime benefits, and the whole she-bang of a leadership certification and what not.
Maybe I'm just cynical here, or a loner, but this still sounds fishy to me and to others. Besides, is this organization completely centered on the East Coast, as seen on the website's map of members?
In any case, it's not the fact that joining an organization is inherently a bad thing to do; it's more that, even with the benefits of a community of like-minded individuals, working towards a common goal and what not, it just feels inadequate, and even a little disingenuous, in some regard.
Like false hope, or Ahab's White Whale: always looking for some form of assistance and humanity, but never really finding it. Just finding more smokescreens or impermanence, too.