When reading this article I automatically thought of what is known in psychology as the bystander effect. This phenomenon is when people do not act upon a situation and may assume that someone else will take care of an issue at hand. The sad thing is there is a strong correlation between response time and crowd numbers. The larger the crowd is then slower the response time, and the smaller the crowd, the quicker the response time. I think that Simmel would say that people have become so desensitized to the world, they no longer feel a sense of urgency or readiness, and if people are pulled out of the grey into action, they may become frantic and will not know what to do. I think that this applies to Simmel’s blasé outlook because, simply, it seems like a lot of people are not able to handle a steady flow of sensory interactions, and therefore people respond by becoming blasé. It would seem unmanageable to say hello to every single individual on a path, so people do not say greetings at all. The fact that in this article, that the person was a homeless man plays into the blasé. For example, in Richmond we constantly see the homeless, and if a person where to be lying on the ground, people might think “Maybe they are taking a nap,” and we do not get involved. To Simmel this outlook is toxic because people begin to generalize everything, and do not take the individual into account.