Ahhh, entitlement. It’s something we are all familiar with, and hopefully it is a concept we can all agree on to be an off-putting one. It’s something I personally cannot and will not tolerate, yet unfortunately it seems as though it’s gaining traction amongst us and the ways in which we present ourselves.
Working in customer service is an extremely effective way to gain a firm understanding of how entitled we have become, but I find it sad that those of us who work in this industry are subjected to entitled folks day in and day out. I would argue entitlement as a whole has worsened as a result of COVID-19 and the stress and fear it has instilled in a lot of us, but simply put, I don’t believe there is any way to justify anyone who thinks they are superior to someone else.
I’ve chatted about this realization with a few different people, and I’m not the only one who has acknowledged an escalation in levels of entitlement across the board. It is almost as though its presence has become so normalized in society that we don’t think to question or protest it, yet this acceptance is only perpetuating this toxic habit.
Entitlement, to me, is a horrendous trait. To place our own worth above others without any reason is extremely problematic in my opinion, and when it comes down to it, it’s just really damn rude. Putting someone down because we believe they’re inferior to us is appalling, and it’s a very hurtful practice, too.
I think a collective effort to challenge the occurrence of entitlement in present day society is required if we hope to get this growing issue under control. It’s unacceptable, it’s nasty, and it is ultimately a form of bullying. So I suppose my question is why are we still tolerating it?