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On Entitlement: Reaction to Stephen Groottes's article

24 January 2014, 08:27
Dear Mr Groottes and fellow educated, privileged South Africans,

To you Mr Groottes, thank you so much for enlightening us about the ultimate thing that has been plaguing and holding back our nation:  
http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-20-analysis-a-culture-of-entitlement-that-holds-us-ba...
Entitlement - One of my favourite words. Also to you, educated privileged folks, thank you for inspiring me year in and year out to take mental notes of this disease polluting our collective South African psyche. I see many of you commented favourably on Mr Grootte's article. 

This man also has quite a bit to say about Mr Groottes's arguments about entitlement: 
http://ewn.co.za/2014/01/21/OPINION-Dear-Mr-Grootes-a-welfare-state-is-a-just-state-5
Unlike him, I am not the best writer on earth so pardon my sloppy style. I just feel inspired to exercise my entitlement to free, uninformed, one-sided, inflammatory speech through adding some things to your list I may have come across in my life. Forgive me for repeating some of Mr Wilson's (the author of the linked article) ideas. Any similarities to real people or events might or might not be true. Let's just make this an 'if the shoe fits' scenario, okay?  
Per my understanding, entitlement is hurting and/or harming others through: 
*writing poorly researched articles about other countries, and then having the audacity to label your views to be 'considered'.*criticizing the phenomenon of 'hand-outs'. Forget those entitled South Africans attacking your views, and think about those poor Norwegians, Brits, Swedes, Fins, etc, that have greatly benefited from social grants. Hands off Europeans! * stating that the people of the countries you haven't visited are more enterprising than (black) South Africans, without base.*labeling your own kind (usually white) as adventurous, rebellious or fun-loving when they're drunk, but branding those you don't know (usually poor and black) as lazy, entitled and hopeless for (presumably) displaying the same behaviour.*psychoanalyzing 'half of our young people' without having spoken to a quarter of them.*whilst being a 'have' dictating to the 'have nots' exactly what they need (which is bugger all)*enjoying family weekends whilst expecting from the very same 'have nots' to build their own houses in their free time. That without considering that most of the people falling in this category are hard laborers who are already over-exerting themselves physically at work, and who would also like some rest and family time. *assuming that poor people are doing absolutely zip to rise above their circumstances, whilst most of them are probably doing much more physically than you...*talking about 'us' in a poor attempt to include yourself in the rainbow nation, yet dropping this racist stinker about white kids feeling more pressure than their black counter-parts to shine. *stealing in the name of student fun, yet blaming the domestic worker of theft when doing the same thing.*making sexist statements, and inviting an audience into you're room to secretly witness you having sex with a women, once again in the name of student fun. This whilst accusing other cultures of being patriarchal.*kicking random black men until they bleed to death, and making up lame excuses about having caught the guy stealing.  *studying at a state sponsored university but insisting that it's your right not to integrate with other races.*spying on black women that are changing in the privacy of their own flats (through using gear like telescopes) whilst threatening to bliksem the black janitor of your building for looking at magazines with sexy girls in it, mostly white. *insisting on your right to claim on national TV that being gay is an abomination to God, and at the same time calling another cult leader a farce for making people eat grass.*reminding women that the man is the head of the house, whilst calling another cult leader a farce for making women eat grass.*driving 120 km/ h plus in an 80 km/h zone and then bribing our corrupt, brutal police officers when caught out.*killing one's girlfriend as a result of irresponsible driving.*keeping guns and firing them through locked doors, and accidentally killing your girlfriend in the process.*making jokes on public platforms about people with mental illnesses.*defending the right of people in nice suits polluting our earth and paying bribes to ministers, to use cheap labour and command armed resistance from the police. *chain smoking in public places, and sometimes in front of children, whilst calling our health minister incompetent.*criticizing president Zuma for not acting according to the constitution, whilst crapping on this very same document, which specify that we are ALL entitled to fresh air, clean water, housing, dignity, etc, but most of all: life.
Might I also add, aside from the hurting and/or harming part, that I personally feel 'entitled' to access each and every corner of our beautiful country, in order to get a full picture of what is going on. I have a right to meet as many of my fellow South Africans possible, witness pain and chaos in order to develop empathy, as much as I have a right to keep track of progress being made through actually visiting places and seeing it for myself. Also, I feel entitled to travel the world and compare what is out there with what we have at home. I will die promoting the right (or entitlement) to travel widely, for all South Africans, even you mr Groottes. And moreover, for you, my gorgeous, judgmental, educated, privileged muses.
And then on a final note, as I already mentioned, I feel entitled to my freedom of speech. Like you consider it your right to use a public platform to preach to vulnerable people you don't even know about your opinion (that you are a superiour being, who believes that the constitution should not be making provisions to protect them), I now feel compelled, free, and entitled, to tell you all to go f@ck yourselves.
Yours' truly,A fellow entitled, privileged South African, fighting for the same 'entitlement' for the poor

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