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Entitlement Mentality - A Destructive Force in Humanity

Updated on January 5, 2014
Workers, working hard.  Taxes from their hard work goes to help the less fortunate.
Workers, working hard. Taxes from their hard work goes to help the less fortunate. | Source

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Entitlement Mentalities are Self Sabotaging

There is a very strong entitlement mentality growing in the USA and elsewhere around the world. I am writing about it here because people need to be aware that it is not harmless and even ultimately hurts the person engaging in it.

What started out long ago as a very good thing, has been taken advantage of by the types of people that engage in taking advantage of others in life. The sad thing is, there are still some very needy people out there, or that are just coming into situations where they are truly needy, and the others have it watered down with fraud and deception. So there is less to go around for those that need it, and those that are working hard to make it happen are being taken advantage of as well.

People Seem to Not Really Be Thinking Anymore

People are not really thinking anymore, or just don't seem to care. It often seems to be a combination of both. Personally, I think it is immoral to take money from those that actually work hard for it, if you don't really need and deserve it. I mean when it is taken by force. The money that is taken from the able bodied worker, is to help the non able bodied worker. Be it either mental or physical disabilities, or a temporary loss of job which threatens loss of food and shelter for oneself or their family, some really need it and deserve it until they can be helped in some other way.

Instead of that ideal scenario playing out, we see people taking advantage of it, and teaching their children to do the same. When others see this happening, they sometimes feel like a sucker for working hard, day in and day out, and decide to jump on the gravy train. People need to realize that nothing is ever really free! That money was earned, people worked hard for it! It was taken from them through their taxes and redistributed to the needy, or supposed needy. So we have people observing this and wanting to put their hand out too. Laziness overcomes what would normally be a person that may have a few ailments but still gets up and goes to work.

Do the people that take advantage of the government and hard workers this way, realize that there are some workers that are truly mentally challenged, and in wheelchairs, or have lost limbs, or in chronic pain daily? I actually know of several people that fit this scenario. When you think about this, even these physically and mentally challenged people are now helping to pay for some people to get something for nothing other than what turns out to be lying.

The spiral downward can sometimes get so bad, that I have observed people taking others to court to sue for money that was paid out for supposed care givers. One example was a mother and her adult daughter suing for money that the government paid out to a worker. They had proof of lying to the government as part of the court case. This isn't a joke, and the people felt so entitled that they even said things like, "As God is my witness," never once caring they were scamming the government. More than scamming the government, they are scamming their neighbors and others that are helping to make this country a good one.

The Spiral Downward Will End the Gravy Train

When our country continues to spiral out of control financially and other ways, do people not realize the end of their "free money" will eventually come around? Or something perhaps far worse can happen. None of this kind of mentality turns out to be really free. It hurts us all, and makes people feel ridiculous. Ironically, many of those workers that work hard also give to charity, which is simply amazing.

In short, and from another point of view, look at it like leeches sucking the life out of its host. Over time, there will be nothing left to suck, and all will perish. Also, in the mean time, don't think for a minute that other countries that would like to have "super power status" aren't paying attention to the many things our country is doing to self sabotage itself. We are then living in a time where some of us can see all that is happening, and feel helpless to some degree, and it is spiraling out of control. The great country that the USA was, wasn't free, and was based on ideas very diametrical to what we see being touted today. Even by our leaders. It is hard to watch it decline. The ideas being touted and abused need to be thought about.

It isn't good for anyone to be able to take advantage of others and get away with it. This is a negative thing at its core, and will hurt the person engaging in it no matter how they distort or twist how they think about it. My point is that if you take from others and don't really need to, this fact hurts the person doing it, not just the rest that really need it or those being taken from. Isn't that a strange thing, how it is just self sabotaging all on its own? It isn't being smarter or more clever than another, it is quite the opposite. That hurts the person doing it.

These are the reasons I write about such a negative topic, because it is a call for change. A reminder hopefully that ideas do matter, both the good and the bad. If we continue to embrace and allow abuse of any kind as we see, you don't just get to have a great and free America anymore. A simple study in history will show this to be true. Government will continue to grow and step in.

To those that are suffering through something and still working hard, my hat goes off to you most of all. To those that work hard and or don't take from the hard work of others, thank you so much. You help to make the world a better place. A gentle reminder to end with, and that is that this is not for the people out there that truly would not make it without help from these programs. As I stated before, it was meant for them. If just they were to use it, there would be no problem. The darker sides of human nature are seeming to be allowed to take over the rest where abuse is allowed. What naturally follows from allowing such things will be what we continue to see play out. I welcome any discussion below from those that may disagree or agree. People need to be talking about this huge problem more.

As for those that give to various charities and or donate their time to them, I hope they continue to do this. Long ago, this help from the government was there to supplement families helping their loved ones, and to help charities help those in need. Many wonderful people still help in this fashion and I am so thankful.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Jean, thank you for your comment here, and you help to make the points I think. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. That would be so difficult, I am sure. It has to be frustrating that they didn't go back far enough to see what you paid into it, to the point you don't have access to the help you need. You clearly don't seem like the type to take advantage and this is part of what is so frustrating.

      Those that do take advantage of such a thing, to make it more difficult to get more care to all, over time. It is heartbreaking you would have to sell the house you and your husband worked so hard for. I do hope things get better in our country than they are currently, and then that hopefully would be able to help you more. As it is, we are seeming to get farther and farther away from a workable system of things. I worry for our country.

      My heart goes out to you, and I am so sorry to hear of your pain and limitations and losses. I hope things change soon and for the better for you very soon. I wish the money could go to those that need it most somehow, and this wouldn't feel like such a far off dream. Many pay into it now, and I know they would want that too. Thank you again for your comment and insight from your particular position. People have to know they are not alone in these kinds of things, and I think your post hopefully can encourage someone else at some point.

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      Jean Bakula 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      It does seem there are too many people taking advantage of entitlements, and people who really need help are the ones who suffer. I have had back issues from birth, but was able to work F/T all through my 20's and 30's. After that my ability to be reliable was spotty, because I got bad spasms in my back at unlikely times, so it didn't seem fair to an employer for me to work there. I did work P/T jobs through my 30's and 40's though. I was married then, but my husband of 39 yrs. died suddenly in January. He did leave life insurance, and investments I am too young to touch. So they do not count as income, and must last all my life. I applied for permanent disability, and the person didn't even go back far enough in my record to see all I had paid into it over the years. I was lucky enough to get them to reconsider it, although I know the first time people always get turned down. And I can't spend or even touch what my husband worked hard for, it feels like I'm being punished for it. I'm in my 50's, and would face large penalties if I touched any of the investments. So for now I really do need the help, and I feel I deserve the disability. Even to pay for medical coverage is over $800.00 a month and I don't know how I will pay for that. I do own my home, and they probably will want me to sell it. So they basically want to take away everything my husband and I worked for all our lives, which I don't think is fair. I know many people in a lot less pain than I am who are on disability. There does seem to be a large gap in the area where charity groups used to help others.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Edward, if they can try and streamline the system somehow, perhaps have a way to cross reference who is receiving multiple different unwarranted benefits without adding or needing extra manpower, that may help. I would hope there would be some way they investigate the possible fraud cases without hurting the truly needy that the system is for.

      I agree with the idea that it can be possible to paint with too broad a brush. It is a hard topic to write about for fear of it coming across like that. The points I bring up are not for all the people on it. It is a response the growth of abuse I have seen, and the boldness some have in their abusing it like they are so proud. That is a newer twist on the abuse. That and the seeing nothing wrong with it, thus the total entitlement, without thinking of the people working for that very same money, many with their own pain or disabilities. That is where I am coming from and you seem to get it when you mentioned it is a disappointment. Hopefully while they are finding a workable solution, people might begin to care a little more, or that is my hope. Thanks for your comment and insight.

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      Ed Palumbo 

      5 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      It is difficult and perhaps unfair to paint with too broad a brush, but there is certainly an element of our society that has developed an attitude of entitlement, and that disappoints me. There aren't enough investigators or gatekeepers to objectively pursue proof of eligibility. It would be unfortunate to make it increasingly difficult for the deserving because the parasites are abusing the system, but I have no workable solution.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Timelesstraveler, the point you bring up about the woman taking advantage to the tune of 50k a year in California, is a perfect example of what I am speaking of here. It isn't just that there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of things in this way, in their mind, but many are so proud of it! If anyone were to suggest anything was wrong with it, they would be not too happy about it. If nothing else, it can't logically work long term, and hurts themselves ultimately, and not just others. Thanks for your comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Junko, it seems to me that there is more fraud and abuse by anyone that would do it, than ever before. I agree there has always been abuse in this way, but it does seem worse to me now. To respond to the other points, let me just say that wherever there is an entitlement mentality where people feel others money is owed to them, I am against it. It is made worse by people not thinking through things, and not even seeming to care how they are defrauding what was meant to be a good thing. They often get up in arms over the suggestion that they would be doing anything wrong. I don't think it serves the person well that engages in these things, even when they do get away with it. The point that drives it home for me is when I see people in wheelchairs or other types of disabilities working hard and also paying taxes. I was just hoping people might think about these things a little bit more because of how hurt our country has become over time, and this is one reason why, whether big corporations or whoever does it.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Edward Palumbo, I am so glad to hear that!

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      Judy Specht 

      5 years ago from California

      Saw a YouTube video last year on how to milk the most money out of the state of California welfare system. The young women, about 30, was very proud of making 50k a year on welfare.

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      5 years ago

      The majority of people on foodstamps, welfare, unemployment insurance, and government programs to help the poor and needy are poor and needy. There is a minority of people that defraud the government out of millions or even a few billion yearly meant to help the poor and needy. No doubt this is wrong and has always happened to programs to help poor and needy people. There are programs sponsored by the government to help people or corporation(corporations are people) house, offer healthcare, educate, protect and serve the poor and needy that have defrauded the government out of a few trillions. Entitlements don't include social security and medi-care which was bought and paid for by American workers. Which is more entitled corporation are unincroporated people? Which cost the government more to maintain?

    • Edward J. Palumbo profile image

      Ed Palumbo 

      5 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      I enjoyed reading this.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks, Billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on!


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