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News Item 270. Mishlei 17-02 (Entitlement)

new proverb was posted on Monday, September 5 in the Mishlei section. This preverb is concerned with the sense of entitlement. A person’s station in life is strongly influenced by his beginnings. If he was born to a family of wealth, culture, and achievement he has a powerful head start. However, he is at risk of believing that he has an inherent right to the advantages with which he was born. This natural assumption of entitlement can lead him to assume he is better than other people and that he can coast through life. He may think he does not need to exert himself as much as those who do not have his advantages.