Mistaking generosity for entitlement

The digital world has really brought forward the sentiments of social acceptance, accessibility of information and the generosity of experience and knowledge.

Once upon a time you would have paid $1000’s for advice that you can now essentially access for free – with videos and diagrams.

So how has this changed the value of information and the generosity in which it’s given? Has this made you impatient, demanding and even resentful of those who are reluctant to give what they know (and you don’t) away for free?

Could the digital world be a significant source of our bloated sense of entitlement?

When you take from others (even if it’s offered generously), what do you give back of equal or greater value to maintain relationship equilibrium?

2 thoughts on “Mistaking generosity for entitlement

  1. Hell, yeah!

    I had a chat about this with my neighbor last week, who teaches college. He sees a tremendous sense of entitlement from his students about intellectual property — they seem to have no idea that it is something of value and needs to be paid for and respected. To them, content is like water from a tap. Take it, it’s mine and free. As a writer, this expectation makes me crazy.

    I get a lot of emails from strangers expecting me (?) to read or review or mentor or help, unpaid. Because….?


    1. A friend of mine was an integral member of building the new Holden VE Commodore in Australia which was heralded as a $1b re-design of this iconic car.

      He had 30 years experience as an electrical engineer, worked with hundreds of brilliant minds like his and they overcame significant and complex problems to design this car in a certain timeframe and budget.

      We joked about the fact later that it was ironic that despite all this money, testing and skill going into building a car, it was ultimately down to the tyre kicking redneck in the car yard who decided whether it was ‘good or not’.

      I think what irks producers the most is the constant demand from consumers to have access to regular and highly developed work whilst they have the choice to pick and choose then steal, judge and/or turn down.

      What irks the consumers is that marketers and to some extent the producers themselves have created this level of expectation with the consumers that this is the new ‘normal’ and they are worthy of this kind of investment but then complain about it.

      I guess the customer is always right saying has finally shown it’s barbs 100 years on as what started out as a store slogan has now become a right of passage

      Marshall Fields (Macy’s) probably should have worded it, the customer is always valued. That way perhaps people would see life from a perspective of perceived equal value exchange rather than what will you do for me today? 🙂


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