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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Culture of Entitlement Part I

While taking a break from this blog, I listened to two lectures from Boston-area theologian David Wells who addressed poignantly one of the problems of our time. He said that today we live in a "culture of entitlement."

Think about it. Do we not press our "rights" at every turn, yet forsake our responsibilities? As a federal election draws nigh in the aftermath of government exploitation of public trust, I found Wells' insights to be 'a word in season'. He noted the following:
  1. Character has been replaced by Personality. Prior to the 20th century, ideas like citizenship, duty, manners, integrity were all components of one's character. However, in the 20th century, personality became esteemed. We looked for whether someone was charismatic, forceful, engaging, confident, etc. It didn't matter if they were a crook, a bad father or husband, just so long as they were funny, photogenic, and confident.
  2. Virtues have been replaced by Values. Virtues like faithfulness, honesty, truthfulness, industriousness are character traits which tend to be more objectively viewed (let your customers rate your honesty, truthfulness, etc). Values are merely things that are important to us. That means that the 'self' determines what is worthwhile or good, even if law/society/ culture--or forbid the thought-- God, says that your 'values' are selfish and hypocritical. As one commercial puts it, "You're worth it!", which is to say, you should value yourself, without reference to objective virtues.
[I hope you are thinking about some applications here!]

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So society is losing it's character and virtues, which explains a lot, as we've now taken selfishness and entitlement to the next step from apathy to dependency, and are rapidly heading towards bondage. yes/no

Great post... my brain hurts... ;-)

Dependency to bondage? Yes, ABF, I think you are quite right.

Thanks for the words of encouragement.

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