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Karlen Goukassian Social Science 92601 Anomy and Social Mentality Durkheims theory of anomic suicide presents itself in a complex yet sound manner He chooses to concentrate wholly on society as a force on individuals than individuals as a force upon themselves Isolation and lack of participation in normal social activities according to Durkheim is the root and cause of suicide Those that commit the act of suicide are deemed to have felt a sense of purposelessness in their lives Excessive ambition and aspiration towards unrealistic goals followed by failure is also a determining factor in anomic suicide Setting limitations upon oneself and practicing modesty humility discipline and reason coupled with understanding would liberate man from the thoughts of self-destruction Lack of religion in recent history has negatively affected some people due to deficiency of belief in an all-powerful being watching and loving mortals indiscriminately Opulence of a man generally causes a decreased belief in religion and a greater belief in self This mild sense of grandiosity can at any trying moment veer into great depression triggering suicidal acts Simmel discusses the mentally evolved state of being and thought in man living in a metropolitan society The presence of varying types of people institutions and things as a whole desensitize man to a point from certain situations Intellect and wealth according to Simmel are interrelated A notion of blas is prevalent in a metropolitan man since he dwells in a diverse environment However this certain indifference may develop into a belligerence from individually defined triggers of aversion
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