I haven't read it yet, but judging by your posts, some of you might be interested in giving this one a go.
|There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. These are the very same behaviors that typify good soldiering and foster a sense of belonging among troops, whether they’re fighting on the front lines or engaged in non-combat activities away from the action. Drawing from history, psychology, and anthropology, bestselling author Sebastian Junger shows us just how at odds the structure of modern society is with our tribal instincts, arguing that the difficulties many veterans face upon returning home from war do not stem entirely from the trauma they’ve suffered, but also from the individualist societies they must reintegrate into. |
A 2011 study by the Canadian Forces and Statistics Canada reveals that 78 percent of military suicides from 1972 to the end of 2006 involved veterans. Though these numbers present an implicit call to action, the government is only just taking steps now to address the problems veterans face when they return home. But can the government ever truly eliminate the challenges faced by returning veterans? Or is the problem deeper, woven into the very fabric of our modern existence? Perhaps our circumstances are not so bleak, and simply understanding that beneath our modern guises we all belong to one tribe or another would help us face not just the problems of our nation but of our individual lives as well.
Jenny is definitely onto something about the community of church and the comradery people feel because of it.
Comradery is one hell of a good feeling. I felt it in the military, and I have felt it during my travels among the indigenous people whom I've met. In both cases, you might not have much, but you have each other. And that seems to mean more than anything else, especially when you're relying on one another to survive. I guess this book will address that.
I have many new friends around the world who return to their city lives and absolutely hate it because they've experienced this comradery. And they don't get that back 'at home' where all their friends are busy in the rat race, moving away, etc. I mean, how fucking good does it feel when a large group of friends chips in to cook dinner, sits around the table together to eat and everyone helps to clean. In my own personal search for home and contentment in life, I want to be a part of that way of life. I never had that even within my own family, except for sporadic holiday occasions. And those moments stand out as some of my happiest. I just can't see myself returning to the individualistic and isolated way of life in the States again.