Blog #1 Suicide

            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.

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5 responses to “Blog #1 Suicide

  1. The connection you made between Durkheims anomic reasons for suicide and the time period being heavily influenced by religion completely makes sense. I agree that during that time, religion and morale is what drove people to commit certain actions and its what can explain suicide rates during that time period.

  2. Comment 2:
    i agree with you that many people commit egoistic suicide. Like you said, if you do not have the coolest car, clothing or gadget, you are looked down upon. People would sometimes make fun of you for not having the newest thing. It is not that your parents do not want to get it for you, but because they are unable to. Also, I agree with your example of New York City. A hello or a smile can show someone that you are aware of their existence can sometime make someone change their mind of jumping onto the subway tracks to commit suicide because they thought that no one cared.

  3. Durkheim would call the scenario you describe — the feeling of not belonging — as *anomie*. To simplify, whereas anomie is the feeling — or idea — of not belonging in a group, egoism is the actual, material lack of social connections. Durkheim used egoism to explain the higher rates of suicide among single, divorced, or widowed persons than among married persons, and the higher rates of suicide among Protestants than among Catholics or Jews. Durkheim attributed these religious differences not to the varied belief systems of the religions, but to differences in social organization. The *communal* organization of the Catholic and Jewish faiths promoted tighter social integration and stronger bonds among Catholics and Jews than among Protestants, who were more isolated in comparison.

  4. Great post and example. I agree that if you see a person on the street that looks like their having a bad day and you give a smile or say hello, it can make a difference. In my first blog post, I talked about the facebook status. My friend talked to a guy who was having a bad day, it turned out he was going home to commit suicide, she prevented it from happening just by saying hello.

  5. Anomic suicide today is unfortunately very common. Especially among young teenagers getting bullied in school and feeling “left out”. Not being able to fit in with the “cool kids” is a common problem that is seen throughout schools and even emphasized in movies/television. On the bright side, anti-bullying campaigns are growing rapidly and will hopefully prevent students from heading the wrong direction and thinking that suicide will resolve their anomie.

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