Are we becoming a society of people who have to have what we want, when we want it or else? Where I work, in a correctional facility, I see many examples of that kind of attitude and I keep pondering why I'm seeing people who look like the students I used to teach in college years back. They come from nice homes, nice families and they were given the best of everything by their parents. Now their sitting in the slammer because they wanted something they couldn't afford to buy and didn't want to wait or work for it. They are wanting me to make their experience behind bars as pleasant as it can be. They want a bottom bunk, a special diet, an extra mat and something to help them sleep through the misery of that experience. I've been quilty of telling them, "you're in jail, this is not the Marriot."
Kids often want everything. I don't have any children so it's easy for me to complain but I've seen how parents, who are struggling to make ends meet themselves, go into debt to buy little Johnny and little Sally everything they want, those $150 fancy tennis shoes, designer jeans, the latest and most expensive cell phone, and a nice computer. They just put it on the credit card, that's maxed out at a high interest rate.
These young people then leave home and they want to have a nice house. Not just any house, a state of the art house, one a hundred times better than I ever had or even now have, after 40 plus years of employment. I have often pondered, how can they afford that kind of house and all the stuff that they have in it. They can't. I've been more than a little resentful to have to spend my hard earned tax dollars to bail out people who bit off more than they could chew because they wanted what they wanted, when they wanted it or else.
Now we hear of people going ballastic and shooting up other people because they were disappointed. Is this another side effect of the, we want what we want, when we want it or else, society that we have created?