Our Commitment to Building Men: The Statement of Purpose
FarmHouse is not just an institution; it is a spirit, it is a web of relationships, it is a way of living. WE are a band of men who want, more than most, to be our best selves; and we band together to gain and to give help in accomplishing this end. Our purpose, MAN-BUILDING, is not accomplished by forcing a man into some kind of mold or trap. Rather, it is accomplished by helping him to find his way out of molds and traps, including those of his own making.
Whatever contributes to the realization of a man's highest potential, we are for. And we believe our kind of brotherhood can make many such contributions. This is MAN-BUILDING.
Whatever prevents or reduces the realization of a man's highest potential, we are against. And we know that many kinds of association do prevent and reduce that realization. This is man-destroying, or man-demeaning.
BUILDING MEN is more than our motto; it is our single and ultimate purpose. That is why we see no place for hazing or humiliation. They seldom build; they always demean; they sometimes destroy. That is why we see no place for intoxicants. They never build; they usually demean; they sometimes destroy. That is why we resist conformity, limit ritualism, and maintain a cooperative but unencumbered relationship to other fraternities. That is why we take so seriously our central commitment to scholarship. That is why we acknowledge in all our chapter living that no one is the man he could be except as he gives himself fully and freely for his brothers and draws humbly and gratefully upon them in the fullest spirit of brotherhood. That is why we place such emphasis upon the qualities of faith, ambition, reverence, morality, honesty, obedience, unity, service, and excellence.
Men who come into this fellowship should find a soil that nourishes, and a climate that favors, the finest manhood that lies within each of them. Each is entitled to find help and each is obligated to give it."