Entitlement Society: Grad Can't Find Job, Sues Her College For Tuition Back

from the entitlement-culture-gone-wrong dept

We've been talking a lot about "entitlement culture" these days, with much of the focus being on companies or individuals who feel entitled to keep their old business models, even as the market is changing. But entitlement society shows up in other places as well. Jeff Nolan points us to the story of a college graduate who has been unable to find a job since she graduated in April and is now suing her college, Monroe College, for the $70,000 she spent on tuition. Apparently, the fact that we're in one of the worst economic downturns in ages doesn't come into play. Or the fact that what you learn in college (hopefully) lasts a lifetime. To this woman, the fact that she hasn't been able to find a job in four months means she deserves her entire tuition back?

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    Alan Gerow (profile), 3 Aug 2009 @ 12:26pm

    Re: Individuals owe society not the other way around.

    I don't owe society anything, other than the agreements I have made as an adult without being under duress.

    Of course, society doesn't owe me anything, either. My parents owe me 18 years of care because of their decisions/actions that brought me into this life ... but that's about it, and my mom has paid that & more.

    But me owing society anything? Naw, because I had no say in the society I was born in to.

    I have a personal obligation to see to the betterment of myself and the world & people around me that I love & support. But I don't owe anything, and it's an obligation I have placed on myself because I see value in my personal life from increasing the value others get from their lives.

    Are you viewing this as an extension of "original sin"? You have to apologize for & work off being born in the first place? Or, do you view just being born into a society as a form of contractual agreement between a 0-minute-old baby & the place they happened to come out of the womb at?

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