Entitlement

Entitlement is a weird concept in that it flat out says one person deserves what another does not. Plus, these rules of entitlement are completely man-made.

You may not typically think that entitlement is intrinsically a harmful societal construct, though I would argue that it systemically belittles, both emotionally and financially, the impoverished and the lower class.

Let us take, as an example, Mark – someone who has grown up in an upper-middle-class and relatively well-off family. They were never afraid of living on the street or not having enough food on the table at the end of the day. They never needed Mark to work to help pay off the bills nor to support himself through college.

With the support of his family, Mark can focus on his studies, or on his interests, and perhaps attend events where he makes important career connections.

If we take, on the other hand, someone who had to work since they were fourteen to help support their family, and can’t even dream of affording college, they are going to be much less able to form connections, or excel in their high-school studies. They won’t be able to get those scholarships that could have potentially helped them in the end.

But yet 95% of those upper-middle-class Marks will feel as though they deserve the amazing career that they haveĀ or the education that they got. Why shouldn’t they? They studied hard in high school to get the grades that got them into college. They studied hard in college to get them their high-paying position in a top company in their field. Don’t they naturally deserve all of this? Shouldn’t they naturally be in a better position than someone who didn’t study as hard in high school? Someone who had to sacrifice their studying in order to work at a low-paying job to make sure their little brother and little sister had something other than oatmeal for dinner like they did the last three days?

Maybe we should be less self-absorbed and realize we are all human. That each of us does the best we can with the cards we were given.

Take advantage of your privileges, but don’t forget that they are privileges. Use them to help the underprivileged.

Humble yourself and respect everyone else. You, nor anyone else, are entitled to anything.

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Entitlement

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