It is virtually impossible to go online today without coming across overwhelming negativity.
It might be that friend who, meaning well, is always posting the latest news about this godawful thing or that terrible person. Perhaps it’s an inflammatory news article or clickbait. It may simply be someone you thought to be reasonable and intelligent spouting unreasonable and less-than-intelligent blather.
A great deal of these things that you encounter come from people who are either privileged, entitled, or both. Because you see them this way, it makes you question in turn what you are worthy and deserving of.
This is a totally normal matter to question, but it is worthy of closer examination.
All you have to do is look to the Trump family, most Republican politicians, business leaders, some pro athletes and actors, and similar, to see entitlement in action. Their money, their “power,” their name causes them to believe that they are better than you and me and that they have every right to grind you down beneath the heel of their fashionable boots.
Further, from their lofty position above, they do everything that they can to convince you that they are more worthy and deserving of everything, and it’s just the natural course of how things work. You, average person, just are not the same. Their name, position, job, or what-have-you is all you need to know to show their worth.
For the record, this is complete, utter, and total bullshit.
This example, however, has led people to misunderstand entitlement in regards to opinions. You may be entitled to your opinion, but when it is provably, demonstrably false, that doesn’t mean you can blindly still maintain it as the truth.
For example, the Earth is not flat, vaccines do not cause autism, and climate-change really is something we should attend to for the sake of the planet if nothing else. Disprove these facts with legitimate sources and you can go ahead and keep the opinions you believe yourself to be entitled to. But I digress.
From here, entitlement often gets tied right into privilege.
I know that because I am a white, middle-aged male I have a lot of privilege. I live in a suburban community, and no matter how bad my situation has gotten I have still always had more than just the means for basic survival. Because I am not female, a person of color, or living in poverty, I have a level of privilege that will always leave me ignorant of those experiences from a first-hand perspective.
Many other people in my position do not acknowledge this. They do not recognize that their understanding of the plight of peoples different from them will never be something they can completely understand. Overall, they do not recognize that what they have is privileged.
I am frequently writing about conscious reality creation, mindfulness, and being worthy and deserving of finding, creating, and having the life you most desire to. As a suburbanite dude outside of a major metropolitan area, I have a lot of opportunity that comes with my privilege. Using consciousness to create my reality is a matter of taking chances I can take, largely because no matter how far I fall I will probably find a net.
While everyone is worthy and deserving of creating the best life that they can, for some this is a lot more challenging, risky, and scary. If you do not come from a place of privilege, you may not have the same nets, or any, available to arrest a fall. There may also be other factors that will make your attempts at conscious reality creation much more difficult because of these matters.
Anything is possible
There are numerous stories about people having a dream, an impossible end goal, overcoming insurmountable obstacles to create the life they knew themselves to be worthy and deserving of. Many of these people felt in no way entitled, certainly didn’t come from a place of privilege, and also fought against people and systems designed to keep them down.
The point of my frequent statements about you being worthy and deserving is that you are. Privileged or not, you are a worthwhile human being, and you deserve to reach your goal, achieve your dreams, and consciously create an incredible reality.
Unless you are one of the entitled who belittles and thinks less of those unlike yourself, or you actively do things to harm other people emotionally, physically, or mentally, your worth and deserving of the best possible life is valid.
Even if you have privilege you may not recognize, so long as you are not being like the entitled and intentionally pushing down and ignoring those who do not have what you do, you are worthy and deserving.
It is my greatest desire not to be a huge success so I can lord it over anyone else, but so that I can use it to prop others up as well. I desire to succeed at consciously creating my reality so that I can be an example, and do more to help others also live this way.
It is my aim to empower people in a world where they are being frequently disempowered. I believe this is a worthwhile endeavor.
You are also worthy and deserving of whatever you are doing that empowers you. No matter what your background is or where you come from, you add worth and value to this world.
Be the best you that you can be
That is what matters the most. Everyone is worthy and deserving, which is different from entitled and privileged mostly in regards to intent. Intent to be the best you possible hurts nobody else, and you need not be entitled or privileged to do it.
Kick ass, take names. Know that you have support, and are not alone on this journey.
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter.