A Societal Surplus of Self-Entitlement

The feeling that you’re important or deserving of something can be pleasant, in complete honesty. Feeling as though you are entitled to recognition or appreciation allows oneself to believe they are superior to others in a specific context, and in some cases, self-entitlement can be warranted. For a majority of situations, however, self-entitlement fails to be deserved, and it has come to my attention that more and more individuals are convincing themselves that they are worthy of above average acknowledgement.

While I cannot provide specific reasoning as to why self-entitlement has become more and more prominent in contemporary society, I do believe that the societal belief that all persons require praise and attention for ordinary activities and practices is a key contributor. Nowadays individuals are applauded for behaviour that was considered to be perfectly normal and average fifty years ago, and I would argue that this self-righteous practice is why more and more persons are becoming infatuated with self-entitlement. People have come to believe that failure is an absolute travesty and that it is something that should be avoided at all costs, when in actuality failure is an absolutely necessary component of experience and furthermore life. Without failure we cannot identify what we need to improve on nor can we be humbled, and the push to refrain from failing has allowed self-entitlement to become a societal norm.

I strongly believe that we need to reverse the societal attitude that failure is negative in order to diminish the occurrence of self-entitled behaviour and mindsets. Failing is not the enemy; rather, constant praise for normal behaviour is. Encouraging all persons to believe they are worthy of praise for behaviour that fails to be worthy of praise is an incredibly dangerous concept to dabble in, and we need to bring attention back to the idea that failure can be beneficial.

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