The van attack in Toronto, Canada, yesterday that left 10 dead and 15 injured has left many in shock. The suspect of the attack has been arrested and charged, as many wonder how and why such a horrible act could even take place. The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has classified this attack as an act of terrorism and, as the investigation continues, the full nature and reasoning will be revealed. But so far the clues point to a movement rooted in hatred: The incels.
Incels are typically men who believe society has wronged them by conditioning women to not be romantically interested in them. I know how ridiculous it sounds. But these men actually believe that, regardless of how bad they may be in relationships, they are still owed something by the world.
Although this latest incident in Toronto is an extreme example, it points to a very real problem in society today: entitlement. It is time for people -- particularly my generation -- to realize that the world does not owe you anything. Society is not obligated to give you something for your trouble, and nobody is obligated to be romantically involved with you. Nobody owes you a good grade, or a job, or even a place to live. You have to earn those things by exhibiting hard work.
And it is not just Millennials and members of Generation Z who are feeling and acting entitled. Even Baby Boomers seem today to expect instant gratification everywhere they go.
So where does this sense of entitlement originate? When did people stop believing in hard work being rewarded and start believing that mediocrity should suffice? Did it all start with participation trophies and doing away with mandatory physical education for every year in school?
Whatever generation started the problem, I challenge my generation to fix it. It is time to get off our entitled backsides and accept that nobody owes us anything. Instead, we have to work hard for what we want, and only then will we be rewarded. It is as simple as that.
By Schuler Williams