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Miller's Musings: Show of hands. Who's royalty?
Epidemic: Narcissistic Personality DisorderRuss Miller is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, featured in many national newspapers and magazines. Contact him at randjklm@aol.com.
Epidemic: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Russ Miller is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, featured in many national newspapers and magazines. Contact him at randjklm@aol.com.

Russ Miller

Entitlement. I hear this word a lot. It used to be a rare expression. Entitled folks were royal folks and their guaranteed access to rewards, benefits and exemptions from normal life came from a high-born status. It was granted by lowly serfs who recognized the throne of power. Now, it seems everyone is regal... except me.

Pejoratively speaking, all Americans seems to think they are somehow entitled to riches without labor, favoritism without investment, and adoration without ability. An exaggerated or unrealistic sense of entitlement is clinically called Narcissistic Personality Disorder in psychological circles. It must be epidemic. But, wait, there is a cure. I will share this antidote, but understand, side affects could include courtesy, manners, patience and tolerance.

There is no free lunch. Life is difficult, and then it's followed by death. People who work very hard at a task sometimes succeed after years of struggle, but there are no guarantees. Respect, like love, is reciprocal. The universe is not set up to be fair. The only fairness in this world is dished out by people who decide, by choice and effort, to be fair. Only then can fairness occur.

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