Work this way – a sense of entitlement

Work this way – a sense of entitlement

Work this way – a sense of entitlement

I listened to the radio yesterday and heard that there is a shortage of staff in the hospitality industry. People prefer to stay at home, part of the Covid-lockdown induced and erstwhile mandated, now normalised and condoned right across the board, general stupor and lethargy. People apparently prefer to live on government handouts rather than engage with life and others.

And thus a breed of troglodytes has emerged, equipped with an array of screens and the unwillingness to move, get involved, roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Heaven forbid!

Lethargy breeds more lethargy and spawns entitlement; a friend tells me that she is surrounded by work colleagues who do not want to be there, who engage in ‘quiet quitting’ and otherwise shuffle from one day to the next day, don’t say a peep but might well flex a muscle online, from the safety of their cushioned den or the depravity and destitution of their dimly lit cave.

Enter entitlement – I am entitled to a very good if not above average pay rate, to my breaks, my holiday pay, to all the quirks that a profession might bring – and all that for just showing up and before I have moved a single digit.

Entitlement – I deserve, I deserve, I deserve. The world owes me; in the recesses of my imagination and fantasies the world is my oyster. The lottery win is not a question of if, but when as people line up and hand over their money, week after week after week. And somebody always wins, just to keep the whole charade going via these deliberately positioned reinforcers.

Gotta keep the dream (aka the lies) going; but is it really a dream or is it a nightmare?

Entitlement is based on a particular shade of haughtiness, a sense of superiority that seeks to rise above others and the seeming mundaneness of everyday life; entitlement is mandated privilege (Serge Benhayon, The Evil of Entitlement – A Treatise on Mandated Privilege) and a deliberate contradiction to what life is truly about and the reason why we are where we are, here on earth.

Entitlement breeds disdain of others, a dog eat dog mentality based on aloofness and distance, the distance between the delineated self and others, the perceived safe distance between self and real life as opposed to a created and tightly controlled virtual reality.

King or queen for a day; no, make that forever – until the physical body buckles under the enforced inertness and the general lack of vitality shows up as the walking dead.

Entitlement proliferates comparison and jealousy. Who gets paid more and why don’t I? How come the boss can do such and such when I can’t? How come I have to do this when somebody else could?

Entitlement is because it is, no justification needed or asked for; it’s the dog chasing its tail and being none the wiser (indeed!) should it ever manage to catch it. The seeming riches and privileges, whether via government handouts or ever shorter working hours and more perks, none of which bring true settlement, ease or equanimity, let alone stillness; all are in fact a wasteland of massive proportions.

Entitlement is a disease, a serious albeit as yet unrecognised mental health condition, and not the panacea and longed for gratification it is made out to be.

Entitlement is a dead-end street that leaves us in the coldness and desolation of staring ourselves and our entitlements and privileges squarely in the face.

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