In October, our conversation delves further into the discussion about self-entitlement and the ways this belief impacts our lives. Sharing her experience as a teenager Sandra has commented, “Self-entitlement takes everything for granted and offers very little in return” while Gayle has written about her observation of a thoughtless incident in a carpark (or maybe not so thought-less) where she heard a woman say, "Oh yes, you go ahead, your needs are greater than mine."
In her article, Family and Self Entitlement, Sue writes, “This also supported me in detaching from my sense of entitlement with my blood family. Just because we are blood related doesn’t mean we owe them any more than we would anyone else, or that they owe us.”
Self-entitlement creates a sense of separation and individualism and is at the core of all wars, domestic violence, murder, paedophilia, greed, corruption and all our relationship issues. It’s why we have the global catastrophe of refugees who find themselves homeless in a world where others feel more entitled to live their way exclusively, resulting in enormous human tragedy.
Without this sense of entitlement, we’d be left with humility and the true understanding of equality and brotherhood. It begins with the most subtle thoughts such as “What do I need?” and ends with “I’m entitled to do or say whatever suits me”.
To what degree have you noticed how self-entitlement imposes on others and impacts our communities? We’d love you to join us in this discussion and share your interpretation of what it means to be self-entitled and how you see it playing out in your own life and the world around you.