Entitlement in America

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Sean Chen
Per. 7
10/13/11
Entitlement in America
Everyone should be entitled to freedom of speech, choice, and enough food to survive, but have to earn everything else. Being free to say something allows people to speak their mind and help others. Many famous scientists, authors, politicians, etc., have become known around the world by what they have said, and in return, it has helped many others in their life. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. once said “a man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” This quote has changed many people’s lives by giving them something to believe in. Everyone chooses to do things, and sometimes they do it without knowing. In “The Necklace,” by Guy De Maupassant, Mr. and Mrs. Loisel make multiple choices during the story, but one choice changed their life completely. When Mr. Loisel tells his wife that she should tell her friend “you’ve broken the clasp on the necklace and are getting it mended,” he is telling Mrs. Loisel to lie to her friend. She chose to lie to her friend, even though she was wrong, because it was her choice to. Being entitled to freedom of speech and choice are both great things to be able to do, but everybody needs food to live and make those decisions. Many people die from starvation everyday, and even though food costs money, it is what people are entitled to have. There are many organizations in the world that collect donated food and give them to the poor so they can eat. Everything else costs money and is not a necessity. People just want to have it in order to make them feel comfortable. According to the article, “You Owe Me: a Generation of Entitlement,” by Kate S. Rourke, “Generation Y-ers” got everything they wanted as a child, and when they entered the work force, they expected everything to be given to them. The truth is that this generation never had to earn what they wanted, and they will soon “implode America.” These unnecessary items are known as presents, or gifts. Everyone...
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