There is a distinction between liberty and freedom. While they are used and confused with each other, liberty is involved with the environment. It is an external atmosphere. Liberty presents choices for the individual.
Freedom is really something that involves more. It involves an internal atmosphere. Freedom allows the individual the choice and the responsibility of those choices. The tendency of many is to hold what they have and not be responsible for others.
In words of Anne Wilson Schaef, “America is a nation of addicts with a swollen appetite for everything.” I believe that America has created a mileau that thwarts change. When time is less important or valuable than money, we have inherent problems. By idolizing our time, which we should, that brings in the present. We should this because we being to transform what seems to be important to what is important.
There is a clear distinction between what entitlement is and what responsibility is. The existential question answers itself. That depends on the individual. One has to understand that there is a reason for everything. When that is not understood, it is natural for discomfort to occur. Whether the experience is positive or negative, all life is meaningful.