I went to use my online banking app yesterday and got this error message.

“User does not have entitlement”

I logged out and back in and that seem to fix it.

But it got me thinking.

About entitlement.

A word often use online to criticise others.

But I think we all have entitlement in different areas.

A feeling of a right to have something.

I feel that I have the right to be able to walk down the street without getting attacked.

I feel I have the right to access public services that our taxes pay for.

I feel I have the right to receive goods and services I have paid for or to be refunded.

I don’t think many people will argue with these.

But they are, ultimately, senses entitlement.

And recognising that we all have different entitlements can be a powerful first step to help us question some of them.

Do we feel ought to be able to eat however we want and not gain weight?

Or that is “shouldn’t be this hard to lose weight”?

Do we wish we didn’t have to take regular exercise to stop our fitness and energy levels deteriorating?

Do we feel all our food choices should be quick and convenient?

Do we feel that being able to watch a certain amount of TV or spend a certain amount of time on our phones everyday is a given?

Do we feel everything should be comfortable and we shouldn’t have to face challenge and difficulty?

Every time we use words like “should”, and “ought to”…….

Are we just showing entitlement?

And, again, there’s nothing wrong with entitlement.

But questioning where we have can be powerful.

Much love,

Jon ‘to SSP’ Hall

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Jon Hall
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