Talking to a good GF tonight, she's been through the wringer and not one of her siblings helped her in her time of need...but a couple have crawled out of woodwork because they need her. Really?
Like she's 1 of 5; she's BEEN taking care of their parents...no help from siblings and now one 'needs' something and thinks she should help. After 20+ yrs of helping everyone else, she said no this time (the sibling is all mad).
I'm proud of her...but it made me realize, most people are just so selfish! Because she's doing ok, she SHOULD help (nevermind when she wasn't, he did nothing! Grrr!)
[This message edited by wannabenormal at 11:42 PM, June 27th (Friday)]
I have a friend. He lives on the *west* side and his family all lives on the *east* side. When his parents need help, *west* side is beckoned. Drive plowed? West helps. Lawn mowed? West. Gpa died (on east side), West has to go every day and turn on lights/off lights, gather mail, etc. etc.
West works 3 jobs just to keep his head above water and has 2 young children. But can his brothers ever lift a finger to help? Nope. But will he say anything like "Hey East, I will mow the lawn on Saturday if you can mow it on Wed!" But he won't. He is a doormat to his selfish siblings and it drives his wife & me crazy
"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks
So yeah, I'd have to agree that overall, people are selfish/self entitled and have gotten more so in recent years.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
I hate generalizations, and this one is a doozy.
people, mostly in general, are just selfish and self-centered
This has not been my experience. Some are; most are not. Perhaps you could concentrate on helping your friend get healthy rather than castigating society.
Am I the only one that thinks people, mostly in general, are just selfish and self-centered these days?
Everyone to some degree has issues to work on. I know I do. What I find disappointing is narcissism is rampant. Most don't see it in themselves and they don't want to.
After 20+ yrs of helping everyone else, she said no this time
It sounds like your friend has conditioned/trained people in her life to come to her when they need something. Firming up her boundaries now is healthy, but she should expect some backlash as people get used to the new boundaries, because 20+ years is a lot of reinforcement for her old boundaries (or lack thereof).