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Introduction to Age of Entitlement and Expectation
By Karen Palumbo
Saturday, October 21, 2006

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An introduction to Age of Entitlement and Expectation.Hope you will enjoy reading a small passage of what my book is about.
Feel free to offer your thoughts as I always enjoy listening to other points of views.

    I woul like to say a few words about this "Age of Entitlement and Expectation". Does anyone really know what it even means in today's world? Exactly what it is? It has occurred to me that we are all surrounded with it every waking moment of our lives, every day. How did we ever evolve to this point? What ever happened to independence and self-reliance?
   Could it be that if someone wants something that you might have, it gives him or her the right to just take it? We used to call that innappropriate behavior, jealousy, envy and at a stretch stealing. I say stealing because logic dictates that if someone else wants what you already have and they cross the line and take it, what else would you call it.
   Have we reached a point in our society that everyone must be a clone of the next? Do we all laugh at the same jokes? Do we all dress identically? Well, in some schools yes. We call that a dress code, or in private schools we call them uniforms.
   Is it wrong to be an individual in this day and age when instead we have groups that speak for us? Personally, I have always preferred to speak for myself. I figure that I can explain myself better than anyone else. After all, who knows me better than me? Is there any way to put a stop to it?
   This new found attitude has encompassed itself in all of our lives and from the looks of it, it sort of just snuck in when no one was paying any attention. Could this "Age of Entitlement and Expectation" really be jealousy or envy or is it really greed? It just seems a little odd to me how it could have snuck in.
   Perhaps we as a society just turned a blind eye and allowed it to happen to all of us. I am not really sure, but I can remember what life was like before it.
   It was not always pleasant, but there was always an innocent kind of "take it for granted" attitude or hope, as I like to refer to it as, that existed that does not seem to exist at the moment. Where did it go? How can we get it back?
   Have we all forgotten how beautiful and wonderful life used to be when we were all independent and self reliant? Have we forgotten about all the freedoms that we allowed to slip through our fingers because we turned a deaf ear? It is time that we begin to pay attention again before we are left without anything.
   What will we have to pass on to our children? You know, the next up and coming generation. Humanities gift to humanity. Each individual born is his or her own person. Would you want it any other way?
   It really is up to us to teach our children to stand on their own two feet, not to lean on the person next to them. You see, to lean on someone else once in a while is okay, but to indulge in this type of behavior is dependency and that is not okay.
   I have always liked independence and self reliance, at least it is a preference of mine. If we do not teach our children independence and self reliance how will they ever learn to stand up on their own two feet and speak for themselves?
   What I hear about and even sometimes read in the local newspaper is how it takes an entire community collectively to raise children in today's society. Again, I beg to differ with this opinion because I am still of the belief that child rearing begins with the parents, not the community.
   As a parent, do you continuously over indulge your children with anything they may want? Do you go broke trying to please them? Do you find that no matter what you do for them or what you give to them it is never enough? Try saying no. Try telling your children that if they want something they will actually have to work for it.
   If we do not we will be doing a disservice not only to our children, but to ourselves too. We will be raising a generation of human beings that believe that the entire universe revolves around what they want only.  Is this really what we all want?
   We are beginning to have this already. I see it every time that I venture out, whether traveling locally or long distance traveling. Most people today do not even use the words thank you, please and excuse me. It is like these words have been erased from everyone's vocabulary. Whenever I should come across someone who actually uses these words I am always quite surprised. That is when I see that little ray of hope all over again.

     Thank you for taking the time to read this. So what do you think about it?



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Reviewed by Dixon C 11/17/2011
I don't know the word "Happing." I guess I should Google it. Your site is interesting. Thanks for sharing. Dixon
Reviewed by randy smith 3/18/2009
Teaching indeed should start in the home. When I was a young boy I would walk to town with my mother, and I had better walk next to the curb. Because that showed respect to her.and perhaps protection.I do not see this today, most young people won't even open a door for a lady.I am afraid these values are lost on this generation.It all goes back to haveing everything my way. I work in a school, and when I get the chance I try to show the students the right thin to do. Your words hold much truth. randy smith
Reviewed by Rianna Vyn 4/25/2008
Very well said and well written. This touches some very real and often ignored subjects. So often I have seen children raised by daycares/babysitters/teachers and seen the effects, and most don't seem to see anything wrong with it. Parents find it easier to give in then to teach self-reliance. So many issues with today's children. It is good to see someone write about issues honestly, clearly, and in a way that can hold someone's attention so as to get the message across. Great work and thank you. Having 6 children myself that I constantly ask myself "Am I doing this right?" because my husband and I don't parent the way most do, it was wonderful to read beliefs I hold dear (and to know I'm not the only one who feels this way).
Reviewed by Mary Coe 9/9/2007
Thank you for taking the time to write this. This is a very excellent write. You addressed a lot of very important issues. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 5/19/2007
Karen, this is SPOT ON! You addressed all the issues that I'm concerned about. It was like I was hearing the words in my voice. Todays people have a low self-image and certainly lack confidence in themselves. They expect everything to be handed to them on a silver platter and complain bitterly when they are not. I don't think politic correctness has done them any good. Personally, I like to be independent; I like to speak for myself, and believe me, I do. I'm a fighter and sometimes jump in to defend the underdog. I much prefer the old days, Karen, and I appreciate my upbringing. My dad was strict. Growing up back then was not like it is today. We had morals; we were taught to respect ourselves; we were taught to walk talk and to be proud of who we are as an individual. Today, you look at someone and smile, and you might get an earful of insults. Oh, I just love your article. We think along the same lines. Bring back yesterday!

Okay, enough said... :)Excellent, excellent article!

God Bless
Much love
Reviewed by Margo Snyder 4/8/2007
I liked it. You expressed your ideas very well. God bless you for your courage and strong words of truth. Margo
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/21/2007
well done

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