New Entitlement

Let the next person help. I don’t feel like it.

This bus has just departed downtown Windsor, Ontario and will deposit its passengers in Toronto about five hours from now.

Getting in this bus was a challenge as this is a continuation of a journey that the coach began in Detroit, Michigan. It was already two-thirds full when it got here and those waiting to board added another quarter to capacity.

Good for Greyhound Corporation, but not so much for passenger comfort. Especially when there were many asleep on two seats after the ten minute trek from Canadian border services to the Windsor bus depot.

The first person asked to “excuse me” to move his baggage and free up a seat ignored me. This was rather shocking but, rather than make a fuss, I moved on. The next one moved over but wasn’t happy about it. This gentleman now sits reading his Bible in a huff but blissfully unaware I’m writing about him.

Just wait until I get to the sexy bits.

Yesterday, leaving my hotel in the afternoon, I rode the elevator down one flight and a woman trying to get on nearly bowled me over when I needed to get off. This little story is a theme as it is insane how many people wait for elevators or subways and look put out or surprised that people need to exit first.

Me first!

They paid their money and feel entitled to be in their bubble with no one existing elsewhere.

Is it any wonder why we’re all so tense?

For the record, Bible reader is now snoring and even my iPod isn’t drowning it out. His good book (ha!) lies open in his lap exposing it’s lies to any and all wandering the isle to the lavatory.

I’m atheist, remember, and this has put me in a sour mood, so he’s lucky that’s all I’ll say for now.

Another example is on the streets. At a busy intersection, waiting at a red light or to turn on a green; it is now expected that one must wait for that last car gunning their engine on seeing the yellow rather than braking. This entitled hero means anyone turning is now running the red and delaying those newly awarded the green.

We have become a people of pushing envelopes. This is good in science, growth and social injustice. It is good to break out of our own comfort zones or traditional rules that have become obsolete and now hold our society back.

On that last note, doubtful any Founding Fathers anticipated the internet, automatic weapons, nor global warming when writing up rules hundreds of years ago.

The envelopes do cause paper cuts on the tongue, however, when people break little rules and then get angry with others for calling them out on them. These little rules do not make them better people by breaking them.

Take the driver that cuts you off and then gives you the finger for honking. Or the person in the New York subway that pushed me out of the way to get to the door first and with NYC attitude blamed my using my smartphone to map my family’s travels as to why it was justified (whataboutism).

What about the gentleman on my bus ride to Windsor this past Friday? He decides to do some form of vaping or baking in his seat far enough from the driver not to smell it, but ignoring my glares. Again, I wasn’t sure if making a fuss would benefit me then, but my sneezing after getting off the bus suggested it would have.

Are we in this together, or is it everyone for themselves?

We all share the same air and the same planet, yet some think it’s their right to pollute it without consequence.

God given right, no doubt.

Same God given right that some believe they have to arm themselves to the teeth. This is another sign of this encroaching entitlement. The assumption that more and stronger weapons make us feel safer. With groups like the NRA funding most of any research, unlikely anyone will find opposition regardless how some might disagree.

I severely doubt that should any all powerful being exist; but if they did, they did not invent money nor gunpowder and they did not give anyone the right to them.

As this bus bombs towards London, Ontario, another sitting behind us feels entitled to music without headphones.

Perhaps a distinction needs to be made in our definition of tolerance. We need to be tolerant of differences between people, between beliefs…but not of habits.

If a habit affects others that did not consent, it needs to be stopped.

Entitlement is a habit. A very bad habit that we all tolerate a bit to much as we don’t want to make a fuss.

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

This little rant was to end there, but just one more example of not making a fuss…

When one is gainfully employed or is nearly always a requirement that one has a bank account to allow direct deposits or to deposit pay cheques in. Think about the entitlement of the banks to take advantage of this necessity by charging the employer for direct deposits and cheques while they also charge the employee for needing the account.

Is it any wonder how banks make billions upon billings every quarter while finding new ways to lessen services or increase fees?

The aforementioned NRA is entitled to escalate fear to get those purchasing from their membership, civilian or criminal alike, to level up.

But let’s not make a fuss.

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