There was an interesting public exchange on our Facebook page yesterday about entitlement. This is something we tracked a while back but never published a post on it. Would you believe from a sample we did a while back that about 6% of people have directly asked us to pay their bills for them (or give them something for free such as say gift cards for gasoline, etc.). In addition to that roughly 6%, some others did not directly ask us to pay their bills, but they “implied” they wanted us to.
Entitlement comes in many forms. It is someone asking someone else to pay their bills for them; it is someone thinking they are “entitled” to a job; someone who says they are entitled to retire (if they never saved a dime in their life (and just spent) or prepared for it); people who feel entitled for countless medications for treating a medical issue even though they choose to live an extremely unhealthy life, etc. (That last one would be someone who eats say red meat, fried food, and more every day and then when they are fat and unhealthy from it, they feel entitled to popping a poll vs. addressing root cause.)
Who is entitled?
As we said, there are many scenarios.
Some people say entitlement is worse with millennials, which I disagree with. I have worked with very hard working and committed millennials in the corporate world, and also a few entitled ones too. But I have also worked with older people who feel entitled to a “job” for life, feel entitled to promotions only due to age/experience (and not performance) etc. While I am sure some or many millennials are entitled, there are also some/many people of all ages that entitled way, including older people. it comes in all ages.
Some people say the low income or “poor” are entitled. I disagree with that as well. There many low income families that work hard, that go to full time jobs day after day and then go home at the end of the day and work second jobs. While there are definitely some or many lower income households that just want their bills paid and feel entitled to live on government assistance and never work, there are some/many that also work hard every day. I have mentored some very hard working less fortunate people, I see and hear about this in the workforce, and I was raised by some.
Some people say immigrants (legal or not) are entitled. I disagree. As we wrote about, immigrants start proportionally more businesses than “native born” Americans. Many just want a better life for themselves and to pursue the American Dream. While there are definitely some or many that just want to come to the US for government assistance and never acclimate themselves or never work, there are some/many that also work hard every day as data shows from the businesses and more.
Many types of entitlement
The point is entitlement comes in countless forms. We can really go on and on with examples. For every “generalization”/stereotype that someone may have of entitlement in an age group, gender, race, socioeconomic status, etc., there are examples of people in those “generalization”/stereotypes that are not entitled. Anyone of any age, income, background, race, etc. can be entitled.
I do think, and the data proves, that too many people, especially in today’s day and age, are closed off to other ideas, experiences, and viewpoints. The nation is more polarized than ever as show from survey such as the 2017 PEW Research Center poll. The “polarization” difference of opinions has more than doubled in 20 years….that is incredible. That polarization may very well skew who people think are entitled. Older people think millennial are, the poor think the rich are, millennial think older people are, etc. All of those, and really all generalizations, are wrong.
I will say though that I am not a fan of entitled people. Coming from really a single mother run household with limited/low income, making sacrifices and choices, working myself to where I am today, entitlement turns me off. I would much rather be with those who appreciate all the small things in life, work hard, kind, generous, and do not expect anything and are grateful for anything that does happen.
Anyway, we see examples of entitlement every day. We also see examples of people who are not entitled every day. We will be creating a forum on this topic, but what does everyone think? Examples or feeling on this topic?