A contract is where both sides bring something to the table and leave a winner.
A central idea of my philosophy is the trade contract, in that I will enter into relationships with a person, group or thing with something to offer, and where both sides leave the relationship the winner. The alternative to the trade contract is a parasitic or predatory contract where one or both sides lose out in the relationship.
It appealed to my sense of humour and justice to read about a father who shot out a laptop belonging to his daughter for cursing him on Facebook after he made her make her own bed. A common curse of youth culture is the sense of entitlement teenagers have that the world owes them, and they throw a tantrum when hard reality smacks them in the face. In China there is a phenomenon of parasite children called ken lao zu, or “those that bite the old folks”, who even as adults continue to drain their parents savings dry on frivolous purchases, leaving the elderly nothing to live on in old age.
This sense of victimhood and entitlement extends across society, spawning a rights, litigation, and victim industry that feeds the lawyers and charity officials at the expense of legitimate victims of injustice.
Unless the adult is in jail or has a gun to their head, they have choice over the relationships they enter into. Rather than play victim, complain and throw tantrums, there is choice to either uphold the contract they entered into or leave it. I respect the teenager who leaves behind their family to go it alone without help, and set up their own business using trade contract relationships, for that is one ultimate expression of an empowered human being.