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djbuu's avatar

Do we Americans have an unhealthy feeling of entitlement?

Asked by djbuu (284points) March 2nd, 2008 from iPhone
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peggylou's avatar

yes, I definitely believe we do. Just ask someone who was born in the 30’s or before. And, additionally, I believe we have a big problem with immediate gratification. It’s quite obvious when you compare the kids of today with those from previous generations. But,then, you also have to look at the obvious difference in the parents who have raised those kids!

squirbel's avatar

I believe we do. There’s a sense of superiority that embarrasses me as a modest person who sees herself as a citizen of the world.

I would also like to point out that the original statement is a generalization and many will take offense. Let’s look past that.

This war has opened many Americans’ eyes and made them feel less entitled, and has caused others to feel more so.

segdeha's avatar

As an American living abroad, I’d say yes, though I might state it as more of a myopic view of the world rather than a sense of entitlement.

Spargett's avatar


I think the bigger issue is an unhealthy feeling of entitlement to happiness. The ignorance that you are the only one who feels depressed. And that all your problems are unique.

KimboSlice's avatar

manifest destiny duh

ironhiway's avatar

Yes, remember when JFK made the speach, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country”. Maybe that’s why they shot him?

Now it’s just give me, give me, give me. More, more, war, more.

TrenchMouth's avatar

Certainly, and the fact that it is often reinforced with reward only further entrenches feelings of entitlement. Entitlement isn’t a bad word, but unhealthy is the key word here. When you stop wanting, that’s when they suggest that there is something wrong with you…

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