The Entitlement Attitude
The other day while my wife was walking our dog, 3 dogs ran out into the street and attacked our dog. My wife helped Harvey fight off the dogs until the neighbors came and called off their dogs.
Shortly after, my wife calmly confronted these “neighbors” and they responded with hostility. They didn’t apologize – they got mad at her.
Too often, when people are in the wrong and called out for it… they become vicious and self-righteous when called out on it.
On Labor Day, we had some ridiculously slow golfers whom I politely asked to speed up. They got angry – somehow I was the bad guy because they had jammed up the whole golf course.
Then the other night, one of our regular golfers decided to give me some advice. Though we are not a private country club, he wanted the services of an expensive private club… and especially wanted our staff to call him “Mister”. When I told him that he was out of line – especially about the “Mister” thing – he became angry and hostile… just like my psycho neighbors, and just like the slow golfers.
Is our society becoming more narcissistic? Is modern life making people crazy? I thought spoiled children only acted like this … these people are all adults (well, age-wise).
People of an entitlement attitude can never say “thank you” or “I’m sorry”.
Your comments and advice will be much appreciated.
GM and Head Golf Professional