Feeling entitled to something is like a prison. If you want it bad enough, you start to think anything else is somehow less and it blinds you to the value of the things you do have. The more you concentrate on that “thing” and how unfair life is being for denying it to you, the more your world shrinks to one of need, jealousy and disgruntlement. Ironically this leads you further away from actually obtaining what you want because instead of taking positive action towards getting it, you waste time and energy stewing about your situation.
Our culture is steeped in this entitlement mentality which politicians encourage by fear mongering about income inequality and by pitting us against each other with false narratives on how the rich are constantly screwing the little guy.
It’s such a destructive mindset as it offers nothing to actually help income inequality except warmed over socialist notions about raising the minimum wage or increasing taxes which would both end up hurting more poor people in the long run. But hey, the politician gets a nice sound bite and probably buys a few more votes with the schtick so who cares, right?
I’m of the Milton Friedman school of thought that, “A society that puts equality-in the sense of equality of outcome-ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom…On the other hand, a society that puts freedom first, will, as a happy by-product, end up with both greater freedom and greater inequality.”
Now obviously we have income inequality in our society but I’m not convinced it’s something to worry about. Just because Bill Gates makes more money in a week than I probably will in a lifetime doesn’t mean he has in any way prevented me from making a good living of my own. In fact the products made by his little company called Microsoft have made my life more productive and efficient in countless ways (minus Vista of course). Gates has also provided jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and his charitable foundation is helping millions around the world.
The point then is not really how much money people make but what system is best for distributing it and the goods people produce? I vote for capitalism and so does Milton Friedman. Watch below him explaining this to a baffled Phil Donahue in an old clip from Phil’s show and how greed can be good. And thanks Gary from http://www.letfreedomringblog.com for sharing it with me.