Entitlement is a strange thing.
It's roots might lie in having money, talent, power, looks, influence or that one thing that one attaches tremendous value to. But the very thing that we think to be so powerful and our ticket to entitlement is what weighs us down through life. We see more and more people with lesser talent, intelligence and power excel while we swim in our own mediocrity . Then we keep wondering what and how it happened to us?
It's because this sense of entitlement makes us believe in crazy stuff - That mere talent without the training and effort is enough to become successful and opportunities will come knocking at your door by themselves.
- That being a righteous person is more important than being a hard working one.
- That constantly staring at the horizon, will make what lies at the shore invisible.
- That being a non-conformist is enough to make you stand out. (Some people will disagree to anything anyone will ever say in any room just to stand out)
- That being aggressive will rid you of your over-sensitivity.
- That doing social service work on the streets will free your conscience from the duties to be attended at home.
- That our exclusivity lies in being non inclusive of others.
- That a pretty face will hide an ugly heart.
Whereas in reality -
- Talent without effort can't really take you anywhere by itself.
- Being a righteous person involves fulfilling your karma of putting in the hard work. (like Krishna told Arjuna in Bhagwada Gita to fight the war to fulfill his karma and stop hiding behind righteousness)
- One's superiority lies in treating everyone equally and being inclusive.
- Social service starts at home.
- To look beautiful is to BE beautiful and not the other way 'round.
Its like that saying- "To have an edge means to soften your edges".Unlike a lot of other things in life greatness cannot be inherited. It will come when we drop our fake sense of entitlement and stop making unreasonable demands out of life. It will only and only come through earning it.