Remember when a few years ago there was an every other day story about the super rich digging under their homes to build swimming pools, movie theaters and other necessities of life? Iceberg houses became a symbol of the fortress mentality of the rich.
Well, now the focus has shifted to DIY: What you do when you’re spectacularly wealthy is plant a forest of mature trees in your backyard. Both trends show near-perfect examples of limited claims.
Being loaded isn’t the problem – we don’t really care about Ed Sheeran’s neighborly nuisance helicopter operation and long to be friends with consumerist Elton John – it’s the arrogance that unnerves us. Something else is going on here: We live in the age of entitlement, and there’s a fine line between knowing how to please and easily justifiable behavior.
Us normals might not be in the business of transplanting trees, disembarking before other plane passengers (Victoria Beckham), suffering a setback when we mess up our seat assignments (Vogue Williams), constantly hammering on our special security needs (Harry and Meghan), but you don’t have to be rich to fall into mid-life entitlement. Here’s what we’re talking about:
The legitimate wedding/party givers
Nobody can remember what it was like to go to an afternoon wedding.
Now you’re lucky if you get away with an event, and there’s a good chance you’ll be expected to take time off work, book a flight and a hotel, rent three outfits, and hang around indefinitely (because the eligible couple didn’t give a moment’s thought to what happens between their photo ops). We are far from “think about the comfort of your guests” is all we say.
The Eligible Parents
We were horrified to hear the news that Felicity Huffman was conspiring to get her daughter to college, and yet doesn’t everyone know someone who does?
If their kids Leo and Olivia hate their Saturday jobs, they don’t have to stay a minute longer (and they’ll pick you up). If they hate the food they ordered, their parents will order them something else. If they hate the vacation schedule and want to bring five friends, it’s sorted. This may seem like many examples of eligible children, but look closer and you’ll see that parents are leading the way. Her attitude is, “My child will not be alarmed in any way.”
The legitimate dog/cat owners
There’s a whole world of people out there who believe their pets have the same status as human children, and since they would be eligible parents, the same rules apply to them. Farmers are already suffering under the “My dog must not be disadvantaged in any way” law for legitimate dog owners.
The Eligible Divorces
As we know, many second (or third) time arounders are keen on redacting big chunks of their past, airbrushing the family photos, getting the kids to 100 into their new, better lives with dual custody percent to support and claim all her friends for her newest partnership. Some post-divorce couples are admirably selfless, but those who aren’t are more empowered than ever, and there’s a lot of “Forget the other one: This is the year zero!” going on. Check out twice-married, thrice-married Boris Johnson if you don’t believe us.
The eligible homeowners
There’s a whole layer of suit-myselfing here. Should we play music at full volume in our garden at night? Should we leave our irrigation system on because we like our garden green?
Should we use wet wipes and clog the drains? Shall we get the builders to gut the kitchen (yet again) and stuff the long-suffering neighbors? Should we let our dog bark indoors all day? Why not?
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