This culture is fueled by demand. From the time a child is born, it is his duty to cry in order to be fed, to ask and grab for what he needs. It is the patients' responsibility to ask every six hours for their injections on the ward. It is the employees' responsibility to file endless paperwork and make endless trips to personnel in order to be paid. It is the wife who must throw a tantrum to get a dress. It is the inlaws who must haggle goats from the bridegroom. It is the right of any relative to ask for whatever is needed from those who have more. The up side of this is that people are in touch with their desires, and that parents/teachers/supervisors feel relaxed and free whenever someone is NOT in their face, they aren't necessarily mind-racing ahead to the next good thing that COULD be done, but more content to wait until it becomes imperative to do it.
The down sides are also there, however. The malnourished lethargic kid who does not cry for food can easily be neglected. The zealous missionary who takes seriously every request (and then also thinks ahead to self-imposed potential duties) becomes exhausted. The average person can't assume that anyone in a position of responsibility will spontaneously do their job, so there is this constant push and pull of disgruntled demanding and passive-aggressive threats.
And our culture most surely impacts our view of God. The demand culture, I think, leads to honest and constant prayer for every need, which is Biblical. But it also can paint God as some cosmic disinterested being from whom we must demand attention. Do we have to push for everything we need? Not in my experience. Rather, we are bowled over by the extravagance of His grace. Is that just our culture, where plan-ahead duty-driven self-push is the norm, or at least the ideal? Or is there a deep truth to mercy?