Yup... this is what we have evolved into. A world where we perpetuate the idea "I am the most important person and what I think is right. As right, I should get my way."
I was making some copies before camp one morning and I overheard Dalhousie University's women's soccer coach, Cindy Tye say,
"The world owes you nothing."
When I heard this, I was in my own little shi** storm of resentment and complaint about something. It made me stop and realize she is absolutely right. There but for the grace of God go I.
Life is a gift. You do not need to believe in God to understand that life is a privilege many will no longer share this morning. Your child is a gift and that gift can be taken from you at any time. Your home is a gift. Being born in a country that doesn't suffer a water shortage or a world not at war, or with a parent who cares about you... these are all things not everyone gets.
My suggestion to those (and myself when I forget this), I may not like something, AND that is ok. It is then MY responsibility to change. I can choose something different. Expecting everyone else to do what I want is very arrogant and self centred. As said by a famous president, JFK, "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."