by Steve Jones

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Entitlement (3 of 4)
Series: The Challenge of Gratitude
Steve Jones
Scripture: Selected verses

INTRODUCTION: August 31, 2011 - Two siblings, Steven Miner, 23 and Kathryn Miner, 20, had their 2009, $50,000 lawsuit against their mother, tossed out of court. They were claiming that she had been negligent and caused them emotional distress. What were their mother's crimes? These children had sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity, for bad mothering because she didn't send her son care packages at college, refused to buy her daughter a homecoming dress and didn't send money in a birthday card to the son. The ''children'' were being raised by their father in a $1.5M Barrington Hills home. The son presented in court as evidence the birthday card with a personal note from Mom saying, ''Have a great day! Love and Hugs, Mom xoxoxo.'' The card contained no money. The mom also had the gall to change her name when she remarried. One of the attorneys wrote in the court papers that the siblings didn't see this as an attack against their mom, but the kids reasoned that, ''there must be an accountability for actions.''

There is a word for the attitude exhibited by these two children and that word is ''ungrateful.'' There is another word for the root cause of their ingratitude and that word is ''entitlement.''

OCCUPY WALL STREET. In 2011 a series of protests started called ''Occupy Wall Street.'' Occupy Wall Street has been an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park, formerly ''Liberty Plaza Park''. A Canadian activist group originally called for the protest. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) anger deepened, while at the same time, the focus of the anger widened from peaceful protests at known locations against big government, to the general mayhem of protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns; many other concerns.

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