Is There a Problem With Entitlement in My Generation? (From a Millennial)

 So we often struggle to really know what someone means when they say “Entitlement.”

Many people define “Entitlement” in different ways.  “Entitlement is something that you have a right to do or have, or the right for you to demand of others,” so says Cambridge University.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the word is this:

Do we have the prerogative as human beings to demand things at gunpoint?  

Or should our government be able to- while shoving an agenda down your throat- demand things at point of gun?

While many millennials claim that government programs are good they often are too lazy to do more research and they have a lack thereof real political issues and how they have an impact on our society.  But what I am more flabbergasted at is the fact that these are the same people that are incapable of asking questions outside of the box.  Instead of always coloring in between the lines, why not do something crazy, go out of the box?  

Yes, the Affordable Care Act may have helped a lot of people.  Well as you might not have known at the time the Senate had 60 Democrats so it passed by a 60-39 vote. . . But who benefited from this?  Who is paying more because of this unilateral decision passed by congress?  Do middle class citizens get better coverage or is it just the unemployed that milk the system?

In a New York Times article written by Nicholas Kristof, he points out some of the troubling aspects of this when stating, ““America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire.”  He then explains, “Antipoverty programs also discourage marriage: In a means-tested program like S.S.I., a woman raising a child may receive a bigger check if she refrains from marrying that hard-working guy she likes. Yet marriage is one of the best forces to blunt poverty. In married couple households only one child in 10 grows up in poverty, while almost half do in single-mother households.  He goes on to say, “Most wrenching of all are the parents who think it’s best if a child stays illiterate, because then the family may be able to claim a disability check each month.”

As I will say ask and would ask anyone, is relying on Uncle Sam suppose to be a good thing?

Does government fix every issue?

What happens when our sustenance depends on the government?

Have we tried this before? If so, how does it end up, hurting society or helping?

And are these beneficial or detrimental effects, long-term or short-term?

Well, I leave it up to you to think about those questions and what you think.

But first lets do some simple math. 10 cents is the equivalent to 10 cents meaning that in order to make a dollar you have to have 10 dimes.  It actually does cost over millions and millions of dimes to make over billions of dollars.  As nothing is truly free in this world.

An article written by Kate S. Rourke with a degree in communications and political science said, “Parents have instead instilled in their children the idea that “entitlement” should have a positive connotation, and that any public assistance programs should be favored and supported, and that “labor” is no longer a term to take pride in, but instead something to reject at all costs. Parents who in their youth happily took odd jobs to provide for their families, have raised children who would rather not work at all then take a job they do not believe is luxurious enough for them, and have no shame in sucking society’s economic pool dry. This never-ending cycle of blame evasion is perpetuating the trend.”  

She continues to say, “Youth refuses to identify the faults in its  process, and those who are able to see that the actions of themselves and their fellow “Generation Y-ers,” only push the blame back onto their parents. While it may very well be true that their parents planted the seed, Generation Y’s inability to take any type of personal accountability and reform their behaviors is the disease that could ultimately cause this generation to implode America (Brown, 1999).”

Isn’t that interesting?

My point is not to take sides here, it is simply to show how Entitlement takes over the minds of many college students and not only that but if their parents have the same attitude chances are they think that way because that is how they were brought up.

In 2013, in a Time Magazine article, Joel Stein writes, “Each country’s millennials are different, but because of globalization, social media, the exporting of Western culture and the speed of change, millennials worldwide are more similar to one another than to older generations within their nations. Even in China, where family history is more important than any individual, the Internet, urbanization and the one-child policy have created a generation as overconfident and self-involved as the Western one. And these aren’t just rich-kid problems: poor millennials have even higher rates of narcissism, materialism and technology addiction in their ghetto-fabulous lives.”

There actually are ways to fix this sense of entitlement that our kids get attached to. According to Today there are ways parents’ can prevent this before it happens, number 1 on the list- is easy to say but hard to do- keep them happy all the time by “Giving kids what they are entitled to: your love and undivided attention every day. I call it Mind, Body and Soul Time and simply spend at least 10 minutes a day individually with each child, on their terms, doing whatever they want to do during that time. Commit to it on a daily basis, and you can watch entitled behaviors melt away. Your kids will stop trying to get your attention in negative ways (like tantrums and negotiating) when they know they’ll get it in positive ways.”

It definitely is sad that parents let their children walk all over them and where everyone on the planet gets a trophy for simply putting on their big boy pants. We have to stop this epidemic where there are no losers in life.  Yes, there are going to be losers and sometimes we will all be one at some point or another but that doesn’t mean we should whine about it when the rest of America is going on about their day.  Everyone is giving into this belief of egalitarianism where everyone is equal no matter their race, or gender is and that everyone deserves the same rights since we are all equal- but this kind of thinking is like a cancer, because this thinking- that in life there are no losers and only winners- once it begins to unravel, it spreads and affects everything.

Kristof, Nicholas. “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 May 2017.

McCready, Amy. “Parents, End the Entitlement Epidemic! These Tips Can Change Behavior.” TODAY Contributor, 17 July 2015. Web. 31 May 2017

Rourke, Kate S. “You Owe Me: Examining a Generation of Entitlement.” Inquiries Journal. Inquiries Journal, 01 Jan. 2011. Web. 31 May 2017.

Stein, Joel. “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.” Time. Time, 20 May 2013. Web. 31 May 2017.

Rourke, Kate S. “You Owe Me: Examining a Generation of Entitlement.” Inquiries Journal. Inquiries Journal, 01 Jan. 2011. Web. 31 May 2017.



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