I think that today, we should challenge that attitude. :-)
So, let’s turn to our favorite Mr. Webster and see what he says about Entitlement.
The state or condition of being entitled, or belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.
And Entitled means:
To furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something.
So, it looks as though entitlement is a state where we believe that we have proper grounds to claim certain privileges. You know…I think that’s fairly accurate. My question today though, is does it really apply to us as people living in the World today?
What are we entitled to?
You hear about it every day, some of us experience it and some of us might even believe it applies to ourselves. That’s a belief that in some way we deserve something; that it’s owed to us. Really? Honestly, I think not. At least not how most people choose to interpret this. :-)
Most people that they are entitled to some combination of the following:
- A good job
- Freedoms (depending on where you live)
- A place to live
- Food to eat
This list is probably MUCH longer, but you get the idea.
The bad thing is; we’re not entitled to any of those things. We may WANT them, and most of us will WORK for them, but in and of ourselves, we don’t DESERVE them just because. None of those things in this list are just given to us. Even here in the United States, freedom and faith are not just given to us. Freedom has cost MANY lives and lots of blood to gain, as had faith no matter what you believe.
It seems to me that most people today believe that they are entitled to some sort of handout or assistance. Unfortunately, this attitude is being encouraged by Governments, Minority Rights Groups, Religions, and many, many others. Sadly, there are LOTS of people that accept this and even come to rely on this. They would rather choose a form of slavery and dependence over taking care of themselves.
Argue all you want about the people that sadly find themselves in a position of needing assistance and how they don’t choose it, but you all know the reality of the 100+ to that one that choose to and live off the system.
I asked lots of my friends about what they felt they were entitled to in this life. I got a lot of great answers back. The common consensus and my thoughts too, is that in reality, we are ENTITLED to nothing. There are no guarantees in this life. What we get comes from how hard we try and if you want more then you have to roll up your sleeves and work your ass off for it.
So take a moment and think about all that you might have, and remember that YOU did all that. YOU made it happen. YOU are responsible for where you are at. And it’s 100% up to YOU if you want to have more or be better.
YOU can do it. I believe in you.