Maybe it’s my old age (har har), but lately I have become very aware of the sense of entitlement that so many people have these days. I think it’s where much of the rudeness and lack of kindness in our society (which is, unfortunately, not uncommon) stems from. It seems as if people are no longer grateful for what they have or the kind gestures that others extend to them. They expect to be able to get whatever they want and to be on the receiving end of kindness, but don’t think twice about not extending it to others or accepting it when things don’t always go their way.
Over the summer, Nick and I were at a Phillies game one night with my dad. Our seats were at the end of a row so anytime someone in our row needed to get up, we had to stand up to let them pass. Not a problem; that’s just what people do. But still, I couldn’t help but notice that not a single person in a group of college-age individuals uttered a single “thank you” as they left their seats and returned time and time again. I was pretty peeved. I mean, I didn’t have to get up; I could have just turned to the side a little bit and made them awkwardly squeeze past my knees because it would have been less of an inconvenience for me. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back for letting them through — I’m just thinking that maybe, just maybe, a “thank you” would have been nice to hear.
I get so frustrated when I see someone parking somewhere that is restricted or simply not meant for them. It drives me insane when someone doesn’t say “thank you” after I hold a door for them. I absolutely want to scream when I see a person talking on their cell phone and ignoring the checkout clerk while in line at a store. Since when have the rules of humanity not applied to these people? Since when is rudeness okay because it’s simply more convenient than being polite?
I probably let myself get more fired up than I should, and Nick doesn’t always understand why I take these kinds of thing to heart so much, but I guess it all boils down to people thinking that they can make their own rules for the sake of their own convenience and utter disregard for the people around them. It has certainly made me think about what I’ll teach my future kids, so for that I’m grateful…but the sense of entitlement that plagues our society still gets me pretty down sometimes.
Well. That was kind of ranty. Sorry.
Tell me I’m not the only one who gets worked up about this?