Most club memberships entitle the donor to use facilities, participate in activities, rise through the ranks, wear lapel pins and otherwise enjoy the perks of belonging. Each has paid the requisite dues -- s/he's entitled.
But belonging to the human club is slightly different: Everyone pays their dues, sometimes at great cost, but the only entitlement acquired is that they can pay more dues. Any other entitlement is entirely fabricated.
On the face of it, paying dues in order to pay more dues may sound like a gyp.
Strangely, it's worth it.