Next week in the United States we will have.,what is called voting day when citizens are encouraged to vote. Whenever such an event or holiday is defined by its political nature, I am reminded of how the balance of entitlements define different people's lives. I am therefore declaring October 29 as Entitlement Awareness Day.... well, because that's today, and I am being aware of it.
I think to a large degree people are taught as small children what their entitlements are within society, and as they grow up, they become more aware of the what their entitlements are as in comparison to those of others. This influences to a large degree what preparation they receive and therefore what they become prepared for.
In some cases children may find that a family custom entitles to them some things outside of their home that they aren't entitled to at home. Of course the same is true of the opposite for some children as well. There will be entitlements for some that are greater inside the home that are severely restricted when they leave that safe and comfortable environment.
One of the biggest misconceptions of others that people with disabilities must contend with is how society would treat us differently in different situations. As children grow older more of who they are and their status in the community makes a difference as to what their entitlements will be outside of the home.
When the disabled are segregated from others in a public setting, the social networking that is a part of how many other people achieve and maintain their social status, is often off limits to them.
This adjustment for children is very much part of what a person decides is their place. Once there is enough reinforcement from family, friends, school, etc. that this is their place, they will certainly be more inclined to believe that.
This does not mean that they cannot break away and upgrade their status to a point where others see them as entitled to more, but the cycle can become more difficult to change the more the belief is reinforced.
I cannot remember a time as a child or as an adult when anyone would have placed an expectation on me to finish high school, be employed and independent, or get married. Some may see that as a relief because those pressures were difficult for them, and I'm sure they were.
What some people may not be aware of is that once a pattern begins where your entitlement is set at the lowest end of societies entitlement ladder, overcoming this perceived status becomes less and less important as a goal that others will encourage and aid you with. Actually, people can get downright mean and blatant about why such advantages are off-limits to you.
My first conventional structure began as an employee of the state and federal government working as a steppingstone to ensure entitlements for others. The job I continue to maintain is basically that of a security officer in this regard. The individual state and federal government of the United States have never been geared to provide for anything more than this position to the majority of those who are not declared independent. One goal of providing this status to the otherwise disenfranchised is to bring them together where they can be employed in this way where they are contained and encourage the containment line that separates them to be more definitive from other's disenfranchisement. This will prevent those on the outside of this line to either come into the established coral (which most can't do) or be even more prevented from surviving, procreating, or annoying the gatekeepers with any of their ambitious notions. This definitive line is very important to securing entitlement borders.
The easiest and the most effective method of keeping people subdued and compliant is with the constant reminder of their place. The fine line that disabled people and especially the thinking impaired must travel to survive and maintain a sense of dignity is very difficult for the entitled to see. There are severe consequences for speaking up about anything to do with our rights and just as many confines and unreasonable expectations that would punish our assertiveness. These are protected by many social norms.
How are people who have been provided the opportunity to transcend this oppressed category encouraged to serve as government gatekeepers of this impaired group? The best way is to convince these entitled citizens that this impaired group is below their status and is thereby choosing their own punishment by maintaining their anti establishment views and morally reprehensible behaviors is too create an illussion of superiority.
I have often said and still believe that the most difficult jobs in the United States are held by the most disenfranchised and least respected inhabitants. No doctor or lawyer could ever know the effort and skill required to live outdoors in city streets or to attempt to survive in a prison for the thinking impaired (that are identified by names such as mental institutions, rehabilitation centers, and the like).
To breakaway from the label of the thinking impaired (incompetent, mentally ill, brain injured, autistic, retarded, LD, ETC.) and the unreasonable boundaries the labels often create, is quite difficult without the tools or the encouragement to present in a way that defines you to the rest of society as a valid person with something valid to say.
The entitlements of unimpaired thinkers are not respected by those who have them. From my personal experience, I have found that autistics particularly (but many in similar categories have the same or a similar situation) can be abused, subdued, and contained by the entitled unimpaired thinkers when they play mental gymnastic games, manipulate the manipulatable by way of their understanding of unimpaired thinkers vulnerabilities, when they use subtlety and nuance to confuse and contain these security guards that protect the illusion of their personal worth (those guards with impaired thinking of course) and mainly by justifying and maintaining the false notion of the unreasonable standards claim that what empowers them and secures their non-impaired thinker status was earned by an equally competitive means that is accessible to everyone.
Those with these entitlements and perceived entitlements are being deprived of many valuable resources in the way of people they are ignoring who have so much to offer them. Today I pity those entitled people who are being deprived of all that our population has to offer.