This morning while eating breakfast and reading a book my friend Josh loaned me called Hideous Gnosis - a book about the philosophy behind Black Metal - I came across the word anomie. It's a word I've seen used before in other things I've read but for whatever reason this time I decided to look up it's meaning. Wikipedia has this definition for anomie:
Anomie (/ˈænəˌmi/) is a "condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals". It is the breakdown of social bonds between an individual and the community e.g. if under unruly scenarios resulting in fragmentation of social identity and rejection of self-regulatory values. It was popularized by French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his influential book Suicide (1897). Durkheim never uses the term normlessness; rather, he describes anomie as "derangement", and "an insatiable will".After reading this I thought to myself this sums up the postmodern condition perfectly. No need to write a book anymore.