PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
AllcoveredinNinjas
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 1124
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all AllcoveredinNinjas's badges.
 

South Africa’s little narcissistic sociopathic problem.

20 February 2013, 14:04

There is often talk of a culture of entitlement, a rather cancerous form of demanding for oneself that which is unearned on the basis of simply being. I fear however that the problems we see, manifests itself from something far more sinister. I see the entitlement culture as the glossy veneer of a far larger societal problem,   that being a large and growing part of the population who are narcissistic sociopaths.

Without knowing the psychological definition and diagnosis of these traits it can be briefly summarised as ; someone who believes that rules and law apply to everyone else but they are the exception to which the laws either don’t apply or should bend to suit their needs .  There is also a part of this group that feels that the state should be complicit in this and favour this subjective application of the ‘law’.

Let’s look at a few examples, one in which many of would see it, is the general behaviour on the roads where everyone’s acceptance of and adherence to the road laws is essential for its functioning.  I know that the wheels on my vehicle cannot make a full rotation before an explicit demonstration of this trait occurs. It’s virtually the motto of the taxi industry and is clear as day when it comes to our road death stats, drunk driver stats and the amount we pay in insurance.  I think crime is simply littered with this; gangs are a prime example of anti-social, self aggrandising and power -seeking behaviour outside of law and at the expense of society. With one in four men in SA are self confessed rapists, it’s another display of this condition were they are owed sexual gratification by women and they have the right to take it.  We see examples of this in government all over but probably most importantly in the erosion of parliamentary powers and accountability were by ministers flout their duties in contempt of parliament .This is a fundamental requirement for genuine accountability to representatives of the people.  I saw it in the Afcon when our seat specific tickets wasn’t a good enough reason to remove people who had sneaked in and had taken our seats outside of a 30 min argument with police (nearly every ticket holder had the same problem in our area).

It seems to be a very pervasive problem and we as a collective society seem more than willing to not only enable this but to promote, encourage and repeat it.  The worst of this, is the  incredible efforts and mental gymnastics that people go through to dissolve personal accountability , how many times do you hear about a official stealing taxpayer money and only after an extended leave of fully paid time to go through disciplinary hearing they leave the position . How about criminal charges for a criminal act!  I have a new line for teachers to put into curriculum that’s a bit different to the everyone is a special and a superstar line that’s been the stock item.

‘You are unique, special in this quality but no more unique, deserving or favoured than anyone else without earning such distinction.’

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Terrylin Backpackers
The cheque is in the post

"I hear you are in bond collections. What are the latest excuses people are coming up with these days? I've run out of ideas." Read more...

10 comments 3248 views
Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

14 comments 1182 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

10 comments 1981 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 483 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 175 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

13 comments 289 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.