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sense of entitlement complex

A friend of mine is a psychologist and counselor for college students at a prestigious university. She finds the job challenging because “they have such a strong sense of entitlement.” These young people feel they are inherently deserving of special treatment. They have high expectations for their living conditions, dining, and spending money. Above all, they expect their emotional upsets and distress to be honored giving them a sense of entitlement complex.

Feeling Entitled

It occurs to me that we all feel entitled about something or in some way. I have friends who receive social security. They have a right to it. They paid into the program for their entire working careers.

Is there a difference? My friends contributed to the system but they didn’t choose their country of birth. They were fortunate to be born into a country with a social security system. The same is true for those entitled college students. They were lucky to have wealthy parents.

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Feeling Grateful

Yet, there is a difference. My friends feel entitled and they are very grateful. Grateful for the country in which they live, for the education that allowed them to earn a living, for the stability of our governmental system. This isn’t to imply that college students are never grateful. Some of them certainly are. And it is the purview of the young to take for granted what they have received as a birthright. Gratitude often comes with the wider range of experience more frequently found with age.

Life is a Gift

Life comes to us on its own terms, not ours. Some are gifted with stellar parents, healthy bodies, stable governments. But life itself is a gift to which we were not entitled. A sage once said that being chosen to experience a human life is like a particular grain of sand being chosen from the beaches of the world. All that we can do in the face of such a realization is bow down in wonder.

With gratitude, entitlement is shown for the illusion it is. If we are entitled to anything it is the right to appreciate each bit of good that comes our way.


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