Entitlement by definition is “that you deserve more than others”; and by the same reasoning, you don’t deserve less, and when you get less, it’s a problem, and someone’s going to pay for that problem.
Now, we have tolerance for that in children, and/or if someone is spending good money for their entitlement we are more accommodating as long as we are the recipients of those payments. (The cash has to be commensurate with the entitled request – the more bizarre, the more cash).
There are many headlines to entitlement, and the more time goes on and the more the culture allows, the more bizarre our sense of Entitlement becomes.
There is, of course, social standing – and because of your lineage, you are entitled to certain deference from the world. There is beauty – and because of how you look, you think you should get “X” amount of attention; and definitely, if someone is not as attractive, they have no right to be attracted to you unless they bring some other bounty that equalizes the situation.
There is car entitlement in Los Angeles – certain cars get certain priority, and that’s just that. If I am driving a Range Rover, I am entitled to always go first regardless of protocol and I can cut you off whenever I need to.
There is the obvious one: if I have money, I am entitled to treat others accordingly – Rock-Paper-Scissors-Money – Money wins.
They are more subtle – but not necessarily less vocal – entitlements. Like how life should go, and how unfair life is, and there are those who believe and argue that they deserve a Fair Life.
Entitlement does not just belong to the arrogant – there is much entitlement to the victim.“Others should take care of me.”
There is Age entitlement: “I shouldn’t get old”.
Mostly anything with some sort of should in it has got Entitlement as the directive.
The thing about being Entitled is that it’s a slippery slope. What looked effective at one point and worked in your favor, begins to take a radical dive.
The nature of life: it is always changing, and what was working one day is not working the next, but Entitlement ignores the signs, ignore the carnage, and just keeps on pumping out bankrupt paradigms. So if Dissatisfaction is your baseline and again, by definition, Entitlement and Dissatisfaction go hand in hand.
You are on your way to bitter, and bitter is an irrecoverable state – no coming back from bitter. You only want bitter in your salads and Old Fashioned.