Last evening I attended a play enacted by some very well-known names in the acting community. These renowned stalwarts had drawn the entire city of Gurgaon it seemed as the venue was bursting at seams. When the senior most actor came on stage to introduce the play and thank us all for being there, he also made the oft made request for cell phones to be switched off. He jokingly commented that he apologies for inconveniencing all of us by keeping us away from our important calls, Facebook and other social media notifications but that he would be grateful for our cooperation in this.
Everyone laughed and chimed with some comments of their own too.
Lights dimmed down and the play began. Fifteen minutes into it, a phone rang.
The person decided to take the call till some peeps hushed him and asked him to step out please. That’s when he walked down the aisles and stomped outside. He was least bothered by the fact that he disturbed everyone sitting around him and his walking out and in during the performance was not conducive in the dark. But he seemed unapologetic and pretty self entitled.
Self entitlement is an attitude trait that can be pretty annoying to folks who believe in working hard and playing by the book to get where they need to be. The self entitled peeps feel they deserve all the privileges and don’t believe in working for it. They are arrogant and conceited with an OTT opinion about themselves. They wish to get it all without any effort.
Where does this trait come from? Why do some people feel they can bypass hard work to get to the top? How is it that they are so inconsiderate to rules?
My guess would be the culture which they absorbed while growing up, would be the culprit. Children absorb opinions, viewpoints and attitude traits like a dry sponge and regurgitate the same as adults, without a qualm. This is because they saw such things as daily routine and were never taught otherwise.
So these people are the ones who will drive off even when their light is red, simply because there is no traffic coming from the opposite side. They will throw garbage out of their cars. They are also the ones who will clog traffic outside a mall by parking illegally to save paying parking ticket; never mind the expensive wheels they drive in. They are the ones who will ignore the queue and head to the front as if they own the place. Try correcting them, and they will be shocked at your audacity to do so.
Self entitlement has a lot to do with being self-centred and also to some extent laziness. Simply put, good manners are in short supply with them as is common sense.
While I do speak out if I see someone cutting the queue but most often let all other things go as it’s pointless arguing with such self entitled personalities. If they haven’t learnt it all their life, my saying so to them won’t make them understand in the least.
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