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In the UK, is there a culture of entitlement and when does social expectancy become unjustified?

I think the recession has highlighted an element of British culture and thinking where personal gain at other's expense and lack of appreciation for wealth is encouraged. In a country that has a broad class system and an unequal spread of wealth, our culture inexplicably celebrates unjustifiable entitlement.

Is this thinking itself justifiable? If it is, how do you define 'entitlement' and where does the feeling of deserving stop being justifiable and become comdemnable?


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    Sep 13 2013: Could you explain what in particular you are identifying in British culture with the description "our culture inexplicably celebrates unjustifiable entitlement."

    Are you talking about people who have little, for whatever reason, and expect the government in your country to take care of their needs, or are you talking about, say, the monarchy?
    • Sep 17 2013: It's an identifiable attitude across pop culture in this country, which I know is a broad arena to discuss within; from the monarchy, a welfare institute justifed by it's heritage right down to low brow entertainment, reality TV shows that make icons out of careless, unintelligent walking bad examples.

      Which sounds really uptight, self-righteous and judgemental when I repeat it back. What I'm interested in is what the average attitude of people in the UK is when considering who deserves what, and what constitutes 'entitlement' with negative connotations.

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