As a 65+ person, I fall into a demographic category, granted a few special perks by society. Today Iâ??m constantly bombarded with media and social messages about who and what is â??normal.â? It’s not very useful to be normal these days if it doesnâ??t provide you with any special perks or privileges.
A recent shopping trip illustrates my point. With some mobility issues but no handicapped status, I appreciate a good parking spot on a bad day. When I spotted a great space for my needs, a sign saying, â??Reserved for parent with young childrenâ? made me feel frustrated. In a split second, I considered my options – 1) seize for myself a privilege granted someone else, 2) shop elsewhere, 3) complain to the store management, or 4) find another space, hopefully not reserved for takeout customers or employee of the week.
I chose to park elsewhere because that seemed like the normal thing to do.
Itâ??s not a particularly courageous choice in todayâ??s brave new world. My needs are not so extremely important that Iâ??d be willing to deny someone’s needs or to coerce someone to provide for mine. If a business wants to offer a special perk to a special interest thatâ??s not mine, I may feel slighted but Iâ??m not going to call a lawyer and claim that my rights are being violated.
The more society caters to special interests, the hungrier we all become for special treatment. Creating rules and regulations to benefit special interests results in more conflict in normal society.