Entitlement

I was watching a news feature in a foreign news magazine show, stating that everyone these days goes about their ways with a sense of entitlement.

I think that hits the nail on the head, even here.

Filipinos also go about their merry (or not so merry) ways with a sense of entitlement.

Public utility drivers drive around with a sense of entitlement, as if they bought the road and thus, are entitled to bully their vehicles wherever they wish. That goes the same for private drivers.

Informal settlers and squatting syndicates put up their homes on property that some other worked hard to buy, as if they are entitled to these properties for the simple reason they are poor.

Government officials ransack government coffers with the same sense of entitlement, as if they truly deserve the money they, in the final analysis, are simply stealing, for lending their precious talent and "contributing immensely" to government and society in general.

Speaking of generals, some retired military officials likewise assert rights over government housing with this sense of entitlement, as if the money they have already acquired from their "fruitful" government service will never be enough to cover the "sacrifices" they have made for the country.

Some people file libel cases left and right with this sense of entitlement, as if they deserve redress and restitution of their honor that they did not have in the first place.

Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with asserting one's right.

But please, be sure you are truly entitled to it. Or truly deserve it.

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