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When the economy inducts to suicide, who is the killer?

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By Marco Pizzorno.

National companies are now committed to fighting against a common evil that brings to memory the plagues of Egypt. A change in the habits and lives of millions of people, who see their dignity limited and count thousands of dead. Still looking for a culprit, the world unfortunately also comes to terms with the economic consequences and their social impact caused by Covid-19. Now the change rewrites the rules, but the loss of social norms and the continuous economic fluctuations, what impact could it have on the Human Family? Very interesting studies on sociological problems of this kind were made by the French sociologist Durkheim.

Who is Durkheim?

Émile Durkheim was born in Epinal, April 15, 1858– Paris, and died on November 15, 1917. He was a French sociologist, philosopher and historian of religions. His work has been fundamental for sociology and anthropology, sensing the importance between religion and the structure of the social group.

His most important studies are aimed at topics such as the crime, religion, the construction of social types, the study of suicide. Durkheim divides the latter into three important phases such as: selfish, altruistic, fatalistic and anomic suicide. Precisely in relation to the first wave of Covid and the economic destabilization that it has achieved, it could be interesting to pay attention to the study of the “anomie”.

Could another economic crisis be fatal for humanity?

The text of the french sociologist within his work, (Le Suicide. Étude de sociologie -1897), literally quotes:

“Mais la société n’est pas seulement un objet qui attire à soi, avec une intensité inégale, les sentiments et l’activité des individus. Elle est aussi un pouvoir qui les règle. Entre la manière dont s’exerce cette action régulatrice et le taux social des suicides il existe un rapport”.

“Society is not only something that attracts to itself, with unequal intensity, feelings and activities of individuals, it is also the power that regulates them” Between the way this regulatory action is carried out and the social rate of suicides there is a connection.”

Paragraph I: C’est un fait connu que les crises économiques ont sur le penchant au suicide une influence aggravante.

-It is a known fact that economic crises have an aggravating influence on the inclination to suicide.

Paragraph II: Un vivant quelconque ne peut être heureux et même ne peut vivre que si ses besoins sont suffisamment en rapport avec ses moyens.

Any living person cannot be happy, and even cannot live, unless his needs are sufficiently related to his means.

Who is the culprit of an economic suicide?

The sociologist seems to warn society and its economy of the danger of economic changes and how they have a self-injurious impact on the population.

Finally, although the international statistics are not all completely clear on the deaths  caused by the economy, would it be a fair preventive policy to help the human family not to be induced to a crime?

If not, who pays for it?

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