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Entitlement...

01 April 2014, 21:15

The culture of entitlement is well displayed by our government in general, and the recommendation of the free-flights-for-10-years perk is just one, in the particular. (And at the outset, let’s mention that some DA members apparently also supported this)

Joining and voting for the ANC ostensibly also gives entrance to being entitled to the riches of the country, the tax payers’ money, different laws applicable than those which the kreti och pleti must obey, a general sense of superiority and carte blanche to live a life reflected by materialistic gains and achievements.

The message seemingly, is that one must just wait until the opportunity presents itself to the individual, or the friend, family, spouse, consort or acquaintance of the said individual, before joining the elite group who did not join the struggle to stay poor.

While one can debate and pontificate on the moral compass, past circumstances or unjust happenings in the entitled one’s history; or blame it on the usual suspect, Mr. A, play the R-card or link it to genetics, entitlement is ingrained in the SA psyche and culture.

As usual, there are the exceptions, for which one is grateful, but the disease appears to be so rife, that one cannot believe that this will be eradicated and that South Africa will not follow the history of so many failed African states.

It is not sufficient to blame the upper echelons of government only. Entitlement is exhibited by a person walking across a runway while a plane is landing, expecting that the plane must stop. It can be seen (last week on SABC TV1) when a person walks across a railway line expecting the train to stop.

It can be experienced when a taxi stops in the middle of the road unloading passengers, while the guardjie is stopping the other lane so that more passengers can walk across the road. It happens because people believe they are entitled to such behaviour. 14-16 Million social grant (in cash) recipients cannot be wrong now, can they? 

It is generally accepted that the poor is entitled to housing, electricity and water; irrespective of when they arrived or where they came from. People believe they are entitled to land, irrespective of who the current land owner is.

People believe they are entitled to large salaries, promotions and a lifestyle of luxury, irrespective of training, education and ability. Should this not materialise as a result of an entitlement attitude of not having to work hard, serve the community, general plunder, fraud and theft, the ‘entitled” are entitled to strike, burn and riot. How often is the underlying message from a politician that entitlement is justified as a result of skin colour? 

Populist rhetoric by politicians serves to garner votes and keep them in their feather nests. Nothing is done to teach that entitlement does not equate with human rights and that 20 years is probably long enough to start becoming truly free and independent. The days are long gone when the king looked after the citizens by sending out war parties to supplement their cattle herds, while the women toiled the fields, as an allegory for the role of our No1 as a king, god and Fuhrer.

It is easy being a party of revolution, making promises, and bring a government to its knees while abandoning morals and ethics. Time and numbers will always succeed. The same is not true of building a new tomorrow for the revolutionists, the receivers of promises and the down bringers.

That takes effort, determination and high morals and ethics. It also requires making use of the skills and acumen of the “vanquished”; a universal truth successfully applied as far back as by the Babylonian empire.

The government chooses not to understand this, and the few that do, are not prepared, or allowed, to change the status quo. Money and power speaks too loud.

Unfortunately Africa also showed that the party of the revolution is always unfit to govern the entitled successfully.....

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