It’s Not Them, It’s You…

It continues to boggle my mind how so many people seem to be of the opinion that they always entitled to certain things. None will argue that we live in the age of the snowflake, with people demanding apologies, special accommodations and everything under the stars, simply because they feel that they’re entitled to it. Nothing could be farther from the truth but the unfortunate reality is that those who understand what hill they choose to die on usually end up rolling over for these individuals.

This is an unfortunate phenomenon that has been going on for years and likely decades. But I’ve never been more aware of it then now. I’ve often see people make poor decisions, purchase things and try to return them without a receipt, demand things of other individuals and even involve themselves in other peoples’ matters that have nothing to do with them. Just Google “entitled” or “Karen” and you can see plenty of examples of this phenomenon. I’m certainly part of the denomination who genuinely feels sorry for all the kindhearted and pleasant people named Karen. I’m not even sure how this name came to be associated with entitlement… Maybe that would do for another post. Moving on…

The concept that the world owes you any damn thing is an inaccurate one and one that will almost always end up making things worse for you. Although the Buddhist side of me believes it’s important not to cause further suffering and that apologizing and making amends are important tools in order to achieve that aspect, one needs to recognize that we are ultimately entitled to nothing and demanding things or wanting apologies and recompense based on principle will not only get you nowhere, it’ll actually lead to further suffering.

I don’t think I have much of a point to make here and maybe I’m just venting. Most of this is simply observation and I recognize that when’s one thing comes up, I have more of a tendency to simply let it go. Not because I’m lazy or don’t feel that I’m entitled to be treated properly but because one needs to choose what hill to die on. Some things just aren’t worth the overall effort. There are more important things in life than trying to prove you’re entitled. Food for thought… ☯️

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

2 thoughts on “It’s Not Them, It’s You…”

  1. OH the rant I could go on here, LOL. 95%+ would just duplicate what you said though.

    A VERY small part of me can relate to “Karen” behavior, to a degree. We’ve all dealt with customer service people who think they’re doing you a HUGE favor by just putting down their phone and acknowledging your existence. Karens are indiscriminate, wrath-filled trolls lashing out at anyone to bolster their sagging ego.

    As for the origins… My knowledge is not perfect here, but as I understand it, social media first noticed that almost all the Karens they were ranting about all had the same haircut, THEN that a large percentage of them were named Karen.

    Side note: The one Karen I’ve personally known made the stereotypical YouTube exposed Karen look like Mother Theresa by comparison. 😛

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    1. I have no doubt of the rant you could go on… Mostly because I could have ranted so much farther lol. nOne of the big things I enjoy from interacting with you is that we have enough similarities to cary oin a conversation but enough differences in opinion to make the conversation interesting. I think the origin is interesting, I actually never bothered to try and look it up.

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