Critical Thinking: Does The Prevalence Of The Entitlement Mentality Show How Out Of Balance The West Has Become?
The mainstream media routinely covers stories that go into how someone believes that they should receive something without having to work for it. Yet, if it doesn’t relate to one person, it will relate to a group of people.
Thanks to identity politics, just about everyone has been put into a group in today’s world. So, regardless of what someone’s life is like or how they treat others, for instance, they will ether been an oppressor or they will be oppressed.
With that aside, it is not uncommon for people to talk about how higher education should be free. This is seen as something that everyone should have a right to, with this being something that would have a positive effect on the world.
Rarely is there any thought put in when it comes to where the money is going to come from to pay for it or what kind of impact this would have on people. For example: would someone have the same level of commitment or do something just for the sake of it if higher education was free?
Being offended used to be something that was seen as part of life, but now there are people who believe that it is there right not to be offended. Not only can someone try to silence others, they can also try to have laws brought in to protect themselves from speech that is deemed offensive.
It will be as if they have to right to live in a world where they don’t have to feel uncomfortable. Therefore, there is going to be no reason for them to look into what they can do to make sure they don’t allow the external world to disrupt their inner peace; no, the external world is what needs to change so that their needs are met.
There are, of course, many other ways in which the entitlement mentality is being expressed in the western world. When someone has this mentality, they are going to believe that they just deserve things, and that they don’t need to earn anything.
The part of them that relates to receiving - the feminine - is going to be in use, but the part of them that relates to giving - the masculine - is going to be out of use. And as the western world is often focused on what people are entitled to, it could be said that this shows how out of balance it has become.
Just One Example
The entitlement mentality is not the only thing that has emerged due to this imbalance; there is also the obsession with tolerance and the glorification of open borders. Due to the masculine aspect being demonised, it has resulted in the feminine aspect being pedestalized.
And, when something is elevated, it is often only a matter of time before it will come crashing down. Without the masculine aspect to balance things out, it has allowed the feminine aspect to create chaos.
A Slow Process
But, as is often the case with human beings, something often needs to get really bad before anything gets done. So, whether it is tolerance or open borders, for instance, a more rounded outlook is emerging.
As paradoxical as this may sound, the only way a society can be tolerant is if it is intolerant of certain things. Open borders can sound like a great idea, but great ideas don’t always lead to great outcomes.
The Main Point
When it comes to the correcting the imbalance that the entitlement mentality is a reflection of, it is going to be vital for the masculine aspect to be reintegrated. Both the masculine and the feminine aspects are vital, and, when one side is overlooked it will lead to problems.
And it doesn’t matter if someone is a male or a female as they will have both of these aspects within them. That’s not to say that everyone will have the same amount of each aspect within them, though.
The need to work for things as opposed to simply receiving them just for existing is usually something that a father passes on to his child/children. On the other hand, the mother usually provides her child/children with the belief that they are special and deserve everything.
Thus, the former provides conditional love, while the latter provides unconditional love. If a child receives conditional love but not unconditional love, they can grow into someone who ends up acting like a human doing who feels worthless; whereas if a child only receives unconditional love but not conditional love, they might grow into an adult who doesn’t believe that they should work for anything.
It would, however, be inaccurate to say that everyone that has an entitlement mentality received unconditional love as a child. What can also cause someone to have this mentality is if they were abused and/or neglected as a child.
By not having their developmental needs met during their early years, it would have stopped them from being able to develop into an empowered human being. They can feel powerless and see themselves as a victim, so they will need other people to give them things.
One of the reasons why the entitlement mentality is so prevalent could be because so many children are being brought up without a father nowadays. This guidance is also not going to be provided if a father is physically present but emotionally absent.
But, even though the entitlement mentality is having a destructive effect on society, the people at the top benefit from it. The reason for this is that when someone has this mentality they will expect ‘free’ stuff from the government, and this is going to be something that will allow them to not only stay in power, but to increase their power.
It will then be necessary for certain people to pay even more tax, and for everyone to lose even more freedom, to support the people who are not willing to play their part. In other words, having a country full of people with this mentality is a great way to control the citizenry.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.