I’m Entitled—Your Entitled

One of the problems with this popular culture is that so many Americans have a sense of entitlement.  Gone are the days when rewards were the result of hard work.  This sense of entitlement based ethics means that we feel that we have a right to things—a nice home, a well paying job, new car and an easy life.  We see no reason that they shouldn’t be given to us, just by being–we are entitled.  We are a culture of complainers.  How has this come about?  We used to be a country that believed in the dignity of the common man.  People used to set goals and work hard to achieve their dreams.

The term “entitlement” refers to a notion or belief that one (or oneself) is deserving of some particular reward or benefit.  Marci Hamilton wrote “This is the Age of Entitlement. I do not mean entitlement only in the belief that one is entitled to a government handout. I also mean entitlement in the simpler sense of the sense of the belief that one deserves to get exactly what one wants – regardless of the law and despite the public good. Four examples drawn from recent legal controversies illustrate this point. In each, the law made clear what the right thing to do was. But in each, the culprit insisted on doing something else – something they insisted that, illegal or not, they were entitled to do” She goes on to site court cases pertaining to Entitlement to Free Music, Entitlement to have Religious belief to Dominate a Courthouse, Entitlement to Special Treatment for Religious Institutions, and The Catholic Church’s Entitlement to Preserve its Power and Prestige.. Marci A. Hamilton is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva U

America is becoming a narcissistic society.  Many expect preferential treatment because they think they are special.  They expect their government to be their mommy.  Look at the chart below.  I can’t verify its accuracy, but it speaks to how the government is encouraging Americans to expect to be taken care of.

Is there a solution to reverse this trend that stifles the human spirit?  I think that the solution lies in instilling the belief of personal responsibility, government fiscal responsibility and moral values.  This needs to be taught at home, school and religious facility.  We must lead our children by example.  When they see us turn our back on the hand outs, only then will they learn that entitlement ethics are wrong.



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I love my son, my fiance, my mom and the new children that will be becoming a part of my life.

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