Anyone watch Brazil versus the Netherlands in the World Cup Last night?
Did you notice the change in attitude of the Brazilians when they first conceded but especially when the second went in?
Someone I follow on my twitterfeed nailed it when he called out Brazil’s attitude as caused by the blow to their Sense of Entitlement.
I’m seeing a lot of this recently.
My way or the highway
I used the Spoiled Children aren’t to be trusted in a recent post. That was as a response to the ongoing entitled reactions by technology writers and geeks whenever Apple release a product or do anything which didn’t match their expectations. Entitled to any innovative technology, but >on their terms.
Yesterday Stilgherrian fulminated at the ABC on the Australian Technorati’s expectations that, after the recent Prime Ministerial change, both the Minister and the policy would change. Over the past 24 hours the reaction of a number of commentators was interesting to say the least. Missing the point was the key thought in my mind, but ideas like Political Parties not being allowed to choose their own ministers when they enter government were also being bandied about. They must submit each one to my vote was perhaps the expectation. Entitlement.
You don’t deserve me
Football, Advertising, Technology, Politics, News Media. Nice Keywords. But a broad range of industries. And while many of these examples may seem tenuously related at first glance, they are among those populated with or commented on by the new spoilt children. Though perhaps they, we, are everywhere?
People with an overstretched sense of entitlement, once reserved for spoilt children, now prevalent throughout western Society. A Society where less than 4 days after you purchase a piece of computer hardware you commence a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product when it doesn’t work the way YOU WANT IT TO.
Where football teams are taught to expect to win and are not able just to manage situations when they lose – but can’t even handle the situation in a grown up manner when they go behind in a game.
I can do no wrong
Where criticism or disregard in the workplace or online is called bullying at the drop of the hat and where large organisations used to dominating their industry are all of a sudden being undermined from the least expected source and behave like Spoiled Children to get their way.
Surely it has something to do with the lack of criticism when required for bad behaviour or being unused to being told “no” in response to their demands. Where social embarrassment must be avoided at all costs and where no-one is ever at fault or responsible for anything.
I will leave this to the Psychiatrists and related profession to describe examples with a little more expertise.
Whatever the cause, it’s odd to watch so many grown men and women behave as spoilt children often do. Entitled to everything without first earning it. Earning the entitlement and then using it to dictate.
It’s time for us all to grow up.