The Audacity of Entitlement
Yes, we are entitled to our freedom, opinions, rights etc. These are giving to us and supported by law. But like all things that we get for free we often fail to realize the value of the privileges we get with entitlement. Even worse, the sense of self entitlement many posses without having to earn it leads to a level of arrogance that usually leads to many life disappointments and harsh lessons. This can been seen in many of our relationships where we or others feel they are entitled to unconditional love, unquestioning respect, authoritative opinions, total understanding, forgiveness and absolute loyalty without having to earn it, or conduct themselves in a manner worthy of it. This is also see at work and among several youths.
But like we did, many learn over time with some bitter lessons and some never learn and continue to live an entitled life, demanding respect as opposed to commanding it. Having said this, many also carry an inflated sense of entitlement, as in expecting a customer service agent to go over and beyond to satisfy them or children expecting their parents to tolerate and excuse all the atrocious behaviours and attitude for the mistake of bringing to this world. Similarly we abuse our freedom and assume other peoples glory without having to put in the hard work and sacrifices they make for our country. Many politicians and corporate executives abuse their powers and damage employee morale and run companies to the ground with the arrogance due to the audacity of entitlement.
Wouldn’t people have lesser disappointments, lead responsible lives and be more productive if they had to earn what they so arrogantly assume they are entitled for? Perhaps an idea that needs to be educated formally and supported by law as it is the case with our civil, constitutional, and human rights.