A Sense of Entitlement

Posted on February 9, 2012


Excuse my french but a sense of entitlement is nothing short of a son of a gun and does nothing less than screw with the mind of the perpetrator and create havoc for those who are subjected to this abuse.

There are many people and things that come to mind when I think of a “sense of entitlement” not least of which is Mike Henry in Jamaica with his sit in the corner and pout then cry and roll on the ground while taking his marbles away from his friends attitude because he was not named Shadow Minister. It may seem simple and be viewed as an issue that must be dismissed but just like a small lump can develop into cancer so can this type of selfish behaviour develop into what is being played out in Syria and the USA.

Ugh? I may have lost a few of you there but follow me people. Syria is being devastated because the people of the country have finally stood up and said we are a nation, not a company to be passed from father to son with no regard for our liberties as a people ( I may be oversimplifying but you get the message). The leadership in Syria is fighting to maintain a status quo which is deep rooted in the idea that they are entitled to lead that nation. The end result of this sense of entitlement is the loss of life of so many persons, the devastation to property, instability in a region and putting a schizophrenic ally in a panic who may or may not possess nuclear arms. What this means is that the rest of the world is at risk due to this scourge called sense of entitlement.

So unto the USA, what am I talking about with regard to this land of the free where democracy thrives and everyone loves and respects each other? Horse pucky i tell you – horse pucky. My dear friend Ezekel Alan (www.ezekelalan.com) has expressed the sense of entitlement issue in the USA so well that I would be foolhardy to rewrite what he has so aptly pointed out. See link below (it is worth the read)

Is this only about the man who believes that no one who is rich should be left behind vs. the Food Stamp President?.

What does all this have to do with building our nation called Jamaica? It has everything to do with it. We need to audit our actions and those of our leaders to ensure that the sense of entitlement does not keep rearing its ugly head. While the head is now but a small blip it is this same blip which has the potential to grow and become the Syrian government or the republicans in the USA.

As my grandmother often says, “tek sleep and mark death”. Nip it in the bud before it gets a chance to bloom.

Until next time….remember to buy Jamaican