Dungeon Prompts: Entitlement Ideology – Making Up the Rules as We Go

This week’s prompt is:  Entitlement Ideology – Making Up the Rules as We Go

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

Desmond Tutu

“As to the Indians, the guiding principle was, promise them anything just so long as they get out of the way”.

Stephen Ambrose

Something about joining a group, whether it is the local street gang, a sorority or fraternity, a community of worship, government, a corporation or an NGO, gives us the feeling of being outside the rules.  Somehow once we feel that we are in a special, exclusive group, we no longer have to live by the laws of the rest of the world.  What are the reason for this?

Suggested Prompts:

*Many get what they want in this world at the expense of others.  Where does this feeling of entitlement come from?  What do you feel entitled to?  Is there anything that you feel is your birthright? Is there something that you used to believe you deserved but have since given this idea up?  Give it some serious thought and you might change your first instinctive response.  What are you entitled to in this life, and why?

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that gives your take on making up the rules as you go.

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to entitlement ideology.

*Note:  This prompt does not refer to the American usage of a government program of guaranteeing and providing benefits, but rather the way we as people are willing to take something that is someone else’s because of a feeling of entitlement.

Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**


*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.


The Entitlement Prompt Contributors are:

Listen – MarthaOstout

Get Down – Dream Cloud Diaries

I am Entitled to… – Follow Your Shadow

Denied Privilege – Traces of the Soul

A Mad Woman Rants – Writing Works in Progress

Improper Nobility – 5 Degrees of Inspiration

The good, the bad and the Ugly – Stop the Stigma with Cher Shares

Entitlement (Rondeau) – Liars, Hypocrites, and the Development of Human Emotion

The Narrative of Control – The Seeker’s Dungeon

 You’ve Ignore me, Now I iInore You – MarthaOstout

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons

About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


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