Blasé Attitude

In the article “Questions Surround a Delay in Help for a Dying Man,” from the New York Times, it explains a shocking occurrence that happened in Queens, New York. Essentially, a homeless and illegal man was trying to help a woman from a conflict with another unknown man. While he was trying to help, he was stabbed. In the following hour after the incident, the man laid on the ground bleeding to death, while bystanders just walked by, minding their own business. By the time someone did call, and help arrived, the man was already dead. What is wrong with this situation? Why didn’t someone stop to help this dying man sooner? According to Georg Simmel’s theory, this would be a prime example of the blasé attitude. This being that the social environment of the city has so much stimulus that it has overwhelmed us and we begin to ignore and gray things out. Maybe over time this Blasé attitude has compromised our morals. What if we are so engrossed in everything around us that we become immune such situations as homeless men laying on the ground. We longer are morally concerned with his life and crucial needs because we have to get to work, or get to class, or even watch our favorite show. There is so much stimulus all around us that we don’t have the time to worry about anybody else but ourselves and what we want to engage in that day. This is a sad truth of our modern day society.


2 thoughts on “Blasé Attitude”

  1. I loved your post and you are right, this is becoming sad. Along with the fact that violence is occurring more and more, Americans have become so preoccupied that we cannot place our focus on other things. Now that I have learned about Blasé Attitude, I can definitely apply this to other cases going on in the world and how sad things have truly have become. Things need to slow down so we can be more helpful in the now instead of focusing on the future

  2. You make some great points. I wonder if the stimuli that people encounter is the only variable in whether or not they would aid a person in such a situation – of if the fact that it happened in a big city mattered. Do you think that if all of the facts of the case remained the same, but instead occurred in a rural area, or a suburban area, that people would be just as numb?

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