jim-woodard October 13, 2016 4 Comments gaby leblanc on November 30, 2014 at 12:27 am All we do is talk about “rights”. We even INVENT rights – the ‘right’ to abort an unwanted child; the ‘right’ to die on our own terms; the ‘right’ to free contraceptives; the ‘right’ to a certain a wage -irregardless of our skills or work ethic; the ‘right’ to govt subsidize health insurance, student loans, school lunches, etc, etc. But no one ever talks about “duty”. If kids have an overblown sense of entitlement, its because of the message they are hearing. Reply Stan Pefley on February 10, 2015 at 8:55 am Children need to be taught a strong work ethic. Don’t give gold stars in class for mediocre work. Respect every positive effort but don’t hide the fact that efforts are ranked from the most effective to least effective by everyone. The ones who stick to a job and work hard and thoughtfully always go to a higher level than the one who give up quickly and jump around from one job to another. Reply Leo on June 29, 2015 at 11:59 am Is it not possible that it’s not the generation but the age? The more you age, the more you experience, the more humble you become. It’s easy to say, “Back in my day, we weren’t nearly as entitled!” Whether or not it’s true, however, is rather hard to confirm. Reply Angela on December 14, 2015 at 9:07 am Anger – Road Rage – most of the people I encounter day to day who are prone to road rage are middle aged men. They are 30-60, drive bigger cars than most, cut people off more than others, merge without indicating/making sure they have room, and are more prone than any other group to fits of violence and loud yelling/swearing. Impatience – the most impatient people I come across are baby boomer aged women. They are the ones staring impatiently at the people making their food/coffee. They are the ones more likely to constantly check their watches and complain to call centre staff that ‘their time is valuable’. Resentment – the most resentful people I come across in my day to day life are those who live in government housing / on disability / from rough upbringings. They left home early due to abuse, never had love and support and are jealous of anyone who had a normal life. This resentment is certainly not restricted to Gen Y. Cynicism – I find people in low paying jobs are the most cynical. Taxi drivers, cleaners, farmhands, labourers. They are the ones who know they’re getting screwed over. I’m not pleased with this propensity everyone seems to have these days of attributing all of these negative qualities to one generation of people alone. To me it just seems like an excuse for those of a different generation to make themselves feel better. It’s completely biased. And I can say that because I’m not even Gen Y! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel ReplyCommentName (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.