Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Hardcover, 192 pages

Published Nov. 7, 2016 by IndieBound.

ISBN:
9781455566389

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4 stars (6 reviews)

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival. Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from …

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Junger's thesis, in brief, is that the real trauma of warfare doesn't occur in combat but in returning home to find you don't belong. It is then, you realize that the hardships were actually preferable to an alienated peace. His point is well taken (and well written) but the solution would appear to be a society of severity. I am reminded of the "clear and severe" motto of Wayward Pines, a sci-fi future in which the death sentence was a common punishment.



Junger notices that the military provides a clarity and an intimacy that we have lost. He understands this as tribalism and finds a similar culture in the American Indian tribes of the 19th century. The "proof" is that the civilized often went native but the reverse never occurred. Tribal life offers something we need and can no longer find in 21st century America.



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