Affluenza – What does this mean socially?


affluent |ˈaflo͞oənt, əˈflo͞o-|adjective

1 (esp. of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western world | (as plural noun the affluent) : only the affluent could afford to travel abroad.

2 archaic (of water) flowing freely or in great quantity.

What we want to concentrate on is the first definition and how this is pertinent to morality. The case of Ethan Couch, the young man whose drinking and driving brought the end to 4 lives and seriously injured 2 others. As with any tragedy it is an sad affair of what has happened and what must be done.  Although 1 of the parents of the victims are filing suit for damages up to 20 million dollars, Ethan Couch was given probation at an rehabilitation center.  What brought about this as told by the media is that by testimony of an psychologist saying that Ethan C. suffers from affluenza. Affluenza by definition is:

noun: affluenza
  1. 1.
    a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.
1970s: blend of affluent and influenza .
  Now, I want to take this all in, because the rehabilitation that Ethan is receiving could be considers a vacation because it brings about and implements so many benefits for positive reinforcement (this is a link for the interview explaining some of this – ). I personally think that rehabilitation should be provided as a first line measurement to curb some of these problems with the youth. But I don’t agree with the fact that because a person has money that they can’t learn and know between right and wrong. We all know money is a motivator and enabler, but saying that if you make so much money than everyone else takes away your ability to judge between right and wrong, that because of money a persons moral compass is irrefutably damaged. Wow, so all rich people must be evil by inclination because they obviously do not know between right and wrong anymore.
  Okay, now that the judge ruled that Ethan Couch suffers from affluenza, even though it is not considered a real medical condition, by default, meaning case law, this argument can be used again.  What is case law? Here is the definition:
noun: case law
1. the law as established by the outcome of former cases
  So what about the parents, if you are rich and you children suffer from affluenza, is that not a lack of parental guidance? And the biggest question of them all, if having too much money makes you morally corrupt what does never having enough of it do for you moral compass, your ability to know right from wrong. You cannot excuse one and not the other. Here are two other articles about this case that gives a good argument about this situation:
  I can only hope that this doesn’t grow into a common practice of how we treat those with versus those without. Also I would like to say that giving everyone, not just people who committed an offense,  meditation classes(mental health and focus),  martial art classes(to instill health and discipline), and other activities that nurture positive reinforcement can only benefit us as individuals and as a community.

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