Some people do things because they enjoy it; others do things because they feel entitled. Like anything, entitlement can push one to greatness…or make them one of the most annoying people you may ever meet. This week, we feel entitled to talk about entitlement!
We start off chatting about whether or not we felt entitled to anything as kids, and if that changed as teenagers. It seems many believe entitlement is a feeling reserved for the young, but after talking about the past, we talk about the most entitled people we’ve ever met: adults!
With social media, everyone has a platform — and many adults spend a lot of time online pushing their opinions on others. Are those people entitled to an audience no matter what they say, or are we within our own rights to shut the ranting poxmonkeys down? (Our answers, here, are probably pretty obvious by referring to the obnoxious blowhards demanding we listen as “poxmonkeys.”)
Moving on from there, we discuss unsolicited criticism and ranting in general: why do people do this, and can any good come from it? Many believe anything said online is deserving of a contradicting rebuttal. When Popular Science removed comments from their website because they grew tired of recurring arguments derailing conversation, there was outcry. We take a moment to discuss why people feel so entitled to having their say, before moving on to asking if the Internet has contributed to a sense of entitlement to any and all opinions being thrown about with no regard to others. Often, with this kind of entitlement, anger lies at the root; we discuss the relationship between anger and a sense of entitlement.
Entitlement comes in all shapes and forms. If one wins the lottery, or even makes a lot of money on their own through hard work — some family and others feel entitled to a cut. We share our thoughts about whether or not others are entitled to the fortunes of others.
Many creative people feel they are entitled to making a living doing what they love most, and that those who work cheaply (or for free) are not entitled to anything because they’ve undercut the way things have been done for years. We share our thoughts as writers on this, arguing that creative people are really nothing special and that to expect earning a living simply because you really love doing something is a strange sense of entitlement in its own right.
Politicians have done a great job in recent years branding things they don’t like as “entitlements.” We devote some time to discussing if these programs are good or bad…and if they are entitlements at all or simply basic rights. After that, we ask if humans are entitled to anything, simply for existing. Finally, we close the week’s show by sharing what one thing we would make an entitlement if we had the power.
Despite all that’s said in this episode, you’re entitled to your opinions; feel free to share them in the comments.