A high sense of entitlement PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:53

By REMEDIOS F. MARMOLEÑO

 

Many people are not rich but they have the basics of food and shelter and clothing and  the means for being literate at the elementary level. A significant number  of people in the world belong to this category. The majority have much less while a small minority have much, much more.

Perhaps those at the very top percentile will look down on everybody else as poor. Those who are classified as lower middle class will likely not mind  being considered as part of the  struggling  poor and will continue to strive to continue their lives and even hope that it will be better in some future time.

What can we say about those who are poor and  think that it is the duty of those who have more than they to provide for their basic needs?  The columnist Randy David wrote in one of his pieces that their ““self pity turns into grievance , and then to a sense of entitlement…”

I understand the difficulties of those who became evacuees in their own city as a result of the Sept 9,  2013 attack on our city. I do not belittle their sufferings. I am also strongly aware that government inefficiency and even corruption account  for the continuing suffering of many victims of the attack.

But what distinguishes  those who are still there at the sports center some 15 months after the event from those who were caught in the same situation but  moved on with their lives barely 6 months after? Is it perhaps the “sense of entitlement” of the former group ?  Can we validly say that those who are still at the sports center are still there because they have passed on responsibility for  their lives to the city government or to the funding agencies?

An editorial of the PDI recounted the continuing dismal lives of people who are still at the sports center. The case of one “Katrina” was particularly mentioned. It is said that she has to feed her 7 children and her sick husband and hence has been forced into prostitution right there just to keep her family alive. It was also mentioned that “Katrina” is not alone, that there are other women, and even children, who have been pushed to this activity in desperation.

The editorial could have been more balanced if it had also reported how  Katrina and her family made their living before the attack. We could have had a more balanced picture if a person or family who went through the same event have bounced back and picked up the pieces of their lives.

Need is not always a valid explanation for  pursuing  those activities that allow us to make a living that go against the  prevailing moral norms of our society.