Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Entitlement

Money. Greed. Financial Gain.

Nothing brings out a persons' inner snake quite like dollar signs. Let me correct that. Nothing brings out an inner snake faster half of the time. I swear half the country is truly guided by cash. Not morality. Not a sense of doing the right thing for the sake of it being the right thing. Not respect. not the good old Golden Rule. Certainly not love.

True intention, true character & true motivations are revealed once money is involved.

I've seen it even in my own family. Someone dies & family members slink out of the woodwork looking for what they feel their "entitled to".

Entitled???

i just do not get the overwhelming sense of obligatory entitlement that so many people have. If I haven't worked for it, I really don't want it. Seriously. When my father died there was a really small stash of money left behind. It's existence shocked the hell out of me because right up until his death he played hard & his vices propelled his actions. That money was left to my brother & I. It felt wrong to take it for many reasons. I felt like I'd- oh I don't know, knocked off a safe in a Bodega or something. The amount was irrelevant, I felt like I was holding dirty money.

How a person ends up believing that another mans mini-fortune is something that they're entitled to just escapes me.

12 Comments:

Blogger Nomi said...

Sad, but true. And I think it may be more than half. What is it that they say? Everyone has a price. How depressing is that?
I think it's a sad fact that, given the opportunity, just about anyone could (I'm saying could, not will) ditch their morals and try for the quick and easy road.

It's all about resisting temptation in the end, isn't it? Some seem to have the strength to resist it, and other don't. And when we don't resist, we become very good at providing justification for ourselves.
Me? I'm weak, I admit it. But at the same time, I do steer well clear of the 'what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine' mentality.

9:07 PM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

You aren't the only one puzzled by the entitlement mentality. It is everywhere. Ethical conduct is an indicator of character - and as many of us have noted here, yours is a pretty fine character!
Kate+

9:13 PM  
Blogger kathryn said...

I have also seen entitlement wreak havoc in my own family. That time in my life was so painful, I still can't think about it.
If a possession is precious because of who it once belonged to, and because it holds sweet memories, that's one thing. But trampling family members to grasp items solely for their monetary value -- that is the wilderness for me.

10:27 PM  
Blogger DNY LOVES CRIMINAL MINDS said...

We do seem to live in a world where people feel they are entitled to whatever they want. Whatever happened to the good old days were communities and families took care of their own and everyone shared love, respect and their wordly goods with each other. Sad changes. :(

10:33 PM  
Blogger Riccie said...

I turned my back on two inheritances because of the animals that came out upon the death of some of my relatives. Watching the fireworks go on from a distance was actually worth it...

6:23 AM  
Blogger VDOFan said...

They say Money is the root of all evil. I truly believe that, and I totally agree with your post. It does bring out the true colors in people. It never ceases to amaze me, that people will even kill for money. I am not a physical violent person, I cannot comprehend that or why they do. I mean don't get me wrong, it's nice to have money, but it isn't all it's cracked up to be. Spending time with your family and friends, is the most important in my eyes, and money can't buy you love or happiness.

I don't care who offered me money. VDO Can offer me a million to kill someone, that I didn't like, and I wouldn't do it, nor would I take it.. cause I am not like that. No matter how may I didn't like the person. I don't hate, cause there is enough hatred that causes this kind of violence in this world. and I believe hatred makes you an ugly person. I wouldn't want anyone to die for the simple fact to get rich quick. Or to get them out of my life or out of the way. Just to get what I want. That is just wrong, and immoral. and unethical. and just not me or my style.

And personally for those of us with mental illness, I think that if anyone has the mindset to murder or hurt someone is more mentally ill than those who have it. just my opinion.

Well anyway, thanks for a great post. I hope I didn't bore you to death LOL.. I hope you have a great weekend, take care, and God bless

hugs Janice

10:44 AM  
Blogger bogusboobs said...

I love those bumper stickers that say: "We're Spending Our Kids' Inheritance!" And I always think: "Go for it, Grandma!"

But I'm in a different place, and I live (mostly) with people who step up when help is needed, and who look forward to leaving some "pennies from heaven" for the next generation. Not because anyone is entitled, but because it pleases the giver.

I'm sorry for you, Bobby. After the grief is over, it really sucks to have to deal with that awful business ...

And, as always, hugs to Janice.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

I have deliberatly cut off contact with several members of my family just for this same reason. Their sense of entitlement. Their belief that if one person had money, everyone else was entitled to a share. Their misconception of always wanting the easy way out of problems of their own making. So I really feel you on this one. I wish there was some pearl of wisdom I could share with you on this, but....I can't. I do hope things get better.

2:37 PM  
Blogger mrsbg said...

erm ... just how much was it Bobby?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

Most people feel they are entitled to something in this life...be it money, recognition, love or repect. I think actually we all feel that way at sometime or another. I myself have believed at times that I am entitled to peace and contentment without having to work so damn hard for it.

10:22 AM  
Blogger NemesisNicole said...

Did Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey inspire this post? =)

1:31 AM  
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