Suicide, the act of taking you own life for reasons only you can understand has become something that unfortunately we deal with far too often in this world. One may never know why someone commits suicide; it can be drugs, depression, family problems, or anything in the world. As we learned in class there are three different types of suicide Durkheim studied. They were anomic, egoistic, and altruistic. I personally believe for the most part many people commit egoistic suicide.
My reason for egoistic and not anomic or altruistic suicide deals with the society that we live in. One can argue that during Durkheim’s time the main type of suicide was anomic, based on morality. This might have been true because religion was what led the world at that time. But in the present time a lot more suicides are committed under the basis of what Durkheim would call egoistic suicides.
Egoistic suicide in general deals with when one feels they do not belong in their current society and the only one way out is through death. This is true now a days because there is a misconception that if you do not have the “coolest” car, clothing, or gadget you do not belong and are looked down upon. Therefore I believe, and I would assume many would agree with me that our society definitely is the number one reason why someone might want to commit suicide. Society makes them feel like outsiders because they are not accepted and have no one to turn to and see that as the easy way out.
For example, if you look at New York City everyone says they are too busy to stop and talk to someone on the street. But what we fail to see is that the smallest thing like a hello or a smile to someone who looks like they are having a bad day can be the difference between them committing suicide or not.