Have you met any of these people, in a queue or in a grocery store, who act as if we owed them something? There is this attitude of expectations that is hard to understand. Their behavior cannot be said to be rude, but there is an element of impatience which is off-putting.
This might explain their attitude. The experts say that this attitude is born out of a feeling of entitlement. If we are exposed to some privilege in life for a long time, we will start to take it as our due. Instead of gratitude, we will exhibit a feeling that we are owned this privilege.
It is also an after effect of young people being given too much, without much effort on their part. The feeling that the parents owe their children, success and happiness in life seems to have become quite a common expectation. Some parents also have this expectation that their children owe them as they, the parents have raised them and educated them. Some people think that the society owes them certain given in life. Free education, health care and other benefits for which they don’t think that they should be striving.
As a society we have not laid much emphasis on earning a privilege and being grateful for it. Life should never be taken for granted and neither should be its bounties and facilities. Develop the feeling of thankfulness and gratitude to stay on a realistic plane in life.
Another important aspect, is to educate the young people that the responsibilities of living a good life and being happy, rest on their own shoulders. This can only be inculcated by not providing our children with all that they demand, regardless of the need. As our parents trained us by depriving us of some of the luxuries of life, in order to give us the initiative to work towards acquiring them ourselves, we should do that too.
We all should be conscious and mindful of what is the environment around us. Savor the gifts of life and express gratitude.
These are my thoughts on this issue.
What do you think about this attitude?
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