We've heard a lot about all of these terms during the last couple of years of political campaigns. Some speculate that Mitt Romney believes in destiny or fate, that he believes he has been specially chosen to be president and that he will inevitably win against all odds. All of us, including Mitt Romney, will find out if that's true by November 7th.
destiny: the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.
fate: the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed
Many Republican candidates, led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, have taken to repeating the mantra that the poor and working class people rely on handouts from the government, that they are dependent on them and believe themselves "entitled" to benefits which they have not earned, as evidenced by Mr. Romney's unfortunate "47%" remarks and Mr. Ryan's slightly less scathing "30%" comment. However, great care should be taken when stating that kind of opinion, since "entitlement" takes many forms. The wealthy and privileged, when they deign to tread among the commoners, often expect and demand a great deal, from cutting in line to commandeering the best parking space to taking the best seat available, shoving the rest of us aside and expecting us to acquiesce. Said candidates have also not distinguished between the "I deserve it" entitlement mentality and genuine entitlement programs such as veterans' benefits committed to by the government when the person entered into the service of their country, and the Social Security system into which a retiree paid during his entire working life.The government promised it, owes it, and should pay it.
entitlement: (a) a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract; (b) the belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of all those definitions, determined by our own personal histories and the size of our egos. If we did well in grade school, we expect always to do well in school. If our parents spoiled and pampered us, maybe our personal expectations are above average. Perhaps the youngest child out of eight has learned not to expect there to be any leftovers.
expectation: (a) a prospect of future good or profit; (b) easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty
Q: "Where do we go wrong?"
A: "Thinking that because you want something and it's a reasonable thing to want and you make proper preparations and you deserve the thing, that you're going to get it."
--from Millions of Heavens by John Brandon
The stated answer above points out to me just where I'm going wrong with my expectation that I'm going to win the Powerball jackpot. Do I want to win Powerball? (yes) Is it a reasonable thing to want? (yes) Do I make proper preparations? (I buy a ticket.) Do I deserve to win Powerball? (Well, do I deserve it any less than anyone else?) Am I going to get it? (I haven't yet.)
Do I still expect I'm going to win Powerball someday? Not really. So it will be a nice surprise when I do.