The Entitlement Mindset

Radley Balko lays out comprehensively why I decided from day one not to enable comments on this blog. In addition, I almost never read the comments to posts on the blogs I visit regularly. I figure that if someone has anything to say about a post that's really worth my time reading, they'll generally post it to their own blog and perhaps ping a trackback. There are exceptions, of course. I'm also sure that readers who don't themselves maintain a bog have important input concerning the content of the various blogs--It's just that I don't care that much about it. I have always been mystified by people with an entitlement mentality. For myself, I'm just so overtaken when someone goes out of their way to do something that benefits me at no cost that the last thing in the world I'd think of doing is trying to impose, or worse, to show ungratefulness. Here's a pet peeve: invite someone to dinner and in return be presented a list of food preferences/dislikes. Where I come from, you eat what's presented to you, even if you don't like it, out of a common sense of gratitude and respect. It's a meal, fer...


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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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