Indeed. My parents owe me – after all, they had me, now they owe me happiness and a college degree. My children owe me – after all I’ve done for THEM, they owe me respect, good grades, and to do what I tell them. My friends owe me – after all I’ve been through with them, they owe me to be there for me when I need them, regardless of what is going on in their own lives. My country – after all the taxes I’ve paid, you owe me a free education, financial security in my old age and minimal costs for health care. Oh, and God – after all the boring sermons/lectures I’ve listened to, not to mention my intention to live a good Christian life – YOU owe me an Easy Life. I’ve been “good” to “all y’all” – so you owe me to be good back to me!
But since y’all are NOT living up to your end of My Bargain, I have the perfect right to be pissed off at you and treat you any way I want.
The above is not just me … it’s endemic in our current culture. It’s not as easy for me to pick up this refrain when I’m in the thick middle of this internally, but I dang sure pick it up when it comes at me externally. My internal retort is, “Since when did I become responsible for the quality of YOUR life?” And the corollary – “When will I become responsible for the quality of My Own Life?”