When I hear someone say they want to get a patch but don’t want to Prospect, what I think is someone who wants to get married but doesn’t want to date. The fact of the matter is; as rough as it can be, it is a necessary element for the end product you desire. Would anyone think of forging a blade without heat and pressure? Would you not feel less a man to have them handed to you when everyone else earned theirs? You certainly wouldn’t value them as much anyway. Are you afraid to test yourself, to give of yourself to the Brotherhood? All I can say is do not be afraid of it. Embrace it as an opportunity. Or don’t, walk away and don’t waste anyone’s time.