Entitlement vs Sovereignty

I have had very interesting discussions about these two subjects over the last week and I thought it would be a great topic of discussion here. To see how these are defined, we have provided a definition for each in the following.

Merriam Webster defines each as the following:


A state or condition of being entitled; a right. A right to benefits specified especially by law or contract. A belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges. A government program providing benefits to members of a specified group also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program.


A supreme power especially over a body politic. Freedom from external control - autonomy. Having a controlling influence. One that is sovereign especially an autonomous state.

Two opposite ends of a spectrum but it reflects exactly the situation of our society today. In fact, it is the exact position of people within our society. We cannot be in the middle. We either see ourselves as being entitled or we see ourselves as being sovereign over our lives.

While these categorizes define each of us as either in one camp or the other, it is the person in the middle that causes the majority of frustration. It is either the person who sees themselves as being entitled and wanting sovereignty. Or seeing themselves as sovereign over their live but wants everyone to give them things because they are entitled.

In all of these conditions, we end up at the same end of the spectrum. We can either be part of the entitlement mentality or we can be sovereign. But we cannot be both. It just doesn't exist. We are either an entitled type of person or sovereign. The fence sitter in between is entitled.