law of privilege“You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Anything else that you get is a privilege.” 

Thus read a sign posted at Alcatraz for the reading pleasure of its inmates.

In my medical practice, I am constantly irritated by patients talking on the phone or listening to their iPods as I am trying to get a history so that I can help them.  These children have such a sense of entitlement; they feel that they should be able to do what they want while “the grownups” take care of all their problems.  They actually get offended when you have to push to get some direct input.  Now, I am not saying that we should treat our children as prisoners.  However, with the addition of the word “love,” don’t you think it might be a better world if the words from the Alcatraz sign were posted in the bedrooms of all the children in the country?

One Response to “Entitlement”

  1. Alfred E. Neuman May 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Unfortunately, we as a society have a heavy case of ‘affluenza’ and kids really do feel entitled in the process. I believe this is one of the major contributors to socialism developing in Europe and now in the U.S., since we now have adults who feel entitled to other people’s success. If only every child could be taught the value of having a work ethic (vs an entitlement ethic), respect for others, respect for authority and self responsibility. What a different world it would be!!

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