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The general view of rich kids is that they are privileged, entitled and comfortable. A biased way to look at people especially when you haven’t worn their shoe. But again, people are allowed to judge and you can’t control people’s thoughts. The biggest form of criminal activity today is cyber crime, and a lot of young people engage in this activity. Usually, the justification is the poverty rhetoric. Question is, what’s the justification for a rich kid?
It’s a dynamic we’d like to highlight today. What really drives a kid who has never known to struggle his whole life go into a criminal lifestyle? Some would argue it’s daddy issues. Others would say, it’s just greed.
But people often ignore the role of bad company. Who are these kids hanging around? It’s a very important factor people ignore when judging these rich kids who go into crime.
We are all exposed to the same social issues and bad company has a negative influence on both rich and poor kids. Wealth doesn’t exempt you from bad company, it actually exposes you more to bad circles.
Question is, how does he conduct himself in that circle? Social influence is a monumental tool used to either polarize, galvanize or stabilize people across society.
In reality, people snare at the idea of young people engaging in cyber crime as an easy route to quick money. Question is, what’s pushing that agenda? Why do these young people think doing cyber crime is cool? Is society pushing that narrative on young people today?
What lifestyle traits are glorified in society and what level of pressure does that put on young people today? These are questions we have to ask and further explore to get to the root of these issues.
Cyber crime is wrong. Criminality, by law, is punishable. But until we start figuring out why people are engaging in these activities, we’ll never understand how we can go about finding solutions.
When you humanize the person behind the crime, you internalize the crime. But when you often demonize the person, you externalize the crime. Truth is, ignoring a problem doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
It’s a topic we want to explore and come up with ideas on how we go about changing the narrative hurled at young people in today’s society. Join the conversation on the podcast and share your comments in the comment box below. This is The Spectrum. Let’s talk.