Sebastian Junger is the author of “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”.
We all are impulsive to belong to a small group of people who are recognized by their work, purpose and understanding. In short we call these small groups ” Tribes”. But in modern living and society these tribal connections has been mainly lost. If we again get them, it will help our society to survive psychological.
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In “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging”, author draws our attention towards one of the most important cultural truths of the 21st century, the damage of tightly-knitted communities. One of the main them on which the book is based is the idea that soldiers have very profound experience of teamwork, interdependence and community in war situations, they never experience when they return in their civilian life in US. This leads to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when they come back homes from war.According to the author the main cause of it is not war, death, violence and destruction they did or see during wars but its our society.
The author combines history, anthropology and psychology, and shows that we have to learn about belongingness, loyalty and human’s eternal quest from tribal societies. It also explains that many of soldiers and many of civilians feels war is better than peace, disasters are blessings for them and they remember disasters more fondly than any marriage ceremony or any family vacations. ‘Tribes’ explains why we feel stronger when er are together or belong to a tribe , and we can achieve good for ourselves/our tribes in today’s divided world.