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Privileges Vs Entitlements

Popularity 1Viewed 1285 times 2019-12-12 03:27 |Personal category:Quote Me|System category:Life

THE THINGS IN LIFE

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WHAT WE WANT/NEED

Feelings: System 1

Feelings: System 2

1

Mother’s Milk

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

2

Father’s Love

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

3

Food, clothing, shelter

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

4

Healthcare – Doctors, Medicine

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

5

Physical Security

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

6

Family Support and Love

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

7

Friends

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

8

School Education

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

9

Fun Activities

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

10

Treats

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

11

Presents

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

12

Higher Education

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

13

Opportunities to apply for interesting work

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

14

A Job or work to earn a living

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

15

Promotion or advancement in job

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

16

Freedom of Enterprise

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

17

Fairness in treatment and dealing

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

18

Respect from others

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

19

Love in life

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

20

Freedom to pursue our happiness

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

21

Freedom of expression

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

22

Safety and security of our possessions

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

23

Support in old age

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

24

A good night’s peaceful sleep

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right

25

Help in an emergency

Grateful for privilege

Entitled to as a Right


Nature fundamentally has everything as only a privilege for all living creatures, even life is a gift. All animals, birds and plants know this truth instinctively and live accordingly. Only humans are different.

Only some humans view any or many of these as Rights. Different human societies have different expectations set for these things between Privilege and Entitlement. The character of those who view these as privileges are different from those that view these as a Right. The more items that are viewed as an entitlement, the weaker and rotten the society becomes. Not to say that human society should not try and provide these but mistaking a privilege for an entitlement is the fatal flaw. We need to constantly remind our children of this.

Have you ever heard of a bird, a fish or an ant sue someone for any rights it is entitled to? It is a privilege to be able to sue for one's rights!!

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