Gimmie, gimmie somethin’ for nothin’!
We are living in an era where we expect to have our cake and eat it too, but we don’t want to mess up our pretty kitchens with the flour it takes to bake the cake. This entitled attitude permeates society from the government to the playground. The ice-cream cone we are sure we deserve at ten suddenly becomes the MRI we know the government owes us at forty.
This isn’t about healthcare, it’s about our attitudes. Where did we suddenly get the idea that we deserve ‘it’, whatever the ‘it’ might be at the time?
Is it because we work hard? I know that hundreds of thousands of men and women worked hard to birth our country and never got to enjoy the rewards of their work. They died working hard. They sowed so another could reap their harvest. The opportunity to work was reward enough.
Are we teaching that to our children?
I fear we, and I am certainly included in we, give our children more possessions than they have the ability to maintain or enjoy. We require little of them and expect less. We unknowingly foster a selfish and self-centered attitude in them. From the moment we give birth, the center of our entire world shifts to please and coddle our newborn; however, our world doesn’t right itself on its’ axis until they are eighteen, or twenty-one, or now maybe twenty-six. Instead of insisting that our children conform to our lifestyles and the reality we worked so hard to achieve, we transform our lives and schedules to revolve solely around our offspring’s desires, moods, and whims. They cannot help but act as if the world revolves around them. Clearly it does.