The application is thorough, the expectations are high, and the rules are strict. This selectiveness does not serve to discriminate against those who have limited service opportunities or create an environment in which those who have more hours of service are more important. National Honor Society is selective because it takes itself seriously. People are upset by its selectiveness because they do not take it seriously.
Many people join NHS in order to fill a spot on their college applications, instead of joining to enrich the community. They are upset by the rigors of the organization because they join to make themselves look good, not to make others feel good. They are offended by rules because they are not willing to go the extra mile to gain service hours. They are offended by the application because they do not want to spend so much time on an organization they participate in for credit only. National Honor Society is not for college credit, it is for community service.
Living in Stone Oak, there are many aspects of life, such as owning multiple cars, going out to eat often, and paying for clubs and organizations, that are taken for granted. Community service is humbling. It expands one’s worldview. It helps people realize that everything they have is a privilege, and there is always someone who does not possess that privilege. There is always someone who does not have a car, who does not have the new iPhone, who does not have freedom of speech or expression. By going out and helping those who are less privileged, by leaving the bubble of middle class and exposing oneself to the experiences of the rest of humanity, one eliminates ignorance and develops compassion. One becomes a better person.
National Honor Society is a service organization. Its application ensures that those who serve are responsible enough to handle the tasks set before them and knowledgeable enough to take initiative. Without those rigorous rules and regulations, National Honor Society could not fully serve the community. The majority of its members would not uphold its standards. The people who join NHS for credit only are not necessarily lazy. They are not necessarily cheaters or selfish. They are simply missing the point of the organization.