I can’t think of any other words, when stringed together, make my skin crawl more than “I deserve it.” Maybe because in my haste to judge people who liberally spew such garbage, I fail to identify the contributions they’ve made that entitle them to experiences and material possessions they can’t afford.
It’s not that I expect people to sacrifice themselves for the goodness of mankind. It’s just that “I deserve it” is usually followed by a weak argument: “I work hard.” Don’t we all? (Not really.) Let’s say you actually do work hard. If you haven’t worked hard enough to come up with the cash to pay for what you want, then I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “You don’t deserve it.”
You may wonder why I even care. How does someone’s irresponsible spending habits affect me? Besides being annoyed, it’s frustrating to see people hurting financially and emotionally because they bought into the notion that they have a birthright to a cell phone, a car, and (dare I even say it) a home.
What I find most interesting about using the defense of working hard to justify purchases that are beyond your means, is that doing so could very well require you to work hard for the rest of your life.
Do you deserve to work for the rest of your life whether you’re mentally or physically capable of doing so?
Should a loved one feel obligated to provide for you because of the selfish decisions you made throughout your life?
What about strangers? The U.S. government isn’t in the business of making money. They’re in the business of taking it – mostly from people who actually work hard. Do those individuals deserve to supplement your lifestyle?
Although I really want our elected officials to get their act together and develop a solution to the expensive cost of health care as well as provide an option to the millions of Americans who are uninsured/underinsured, I don’t believe health care is a right.
It’s that sense of entitlement that can get you into trouble. I don’t know what it’s like to live in other countries, but from what I can tell, the United States ain’t so bad – even if I do criticize our government at times. Being appreciative of all that you have takes some of the sting out of not having the things you think you deserve.
I can’t say that I’ve always felt this way. When I think of the people throughout the world who don’t even have access to food, water, shelter, and electricity, it’s hard to feel entitled to anything less important than that.