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u/livesomelearnsome · 43 pointsr/todayilearned

The problem with that viewpoint is that white often made the same sorts of attempts with the natives where they would try to 'civilize' native captives...with almost complete failure and almost always ending in the captive escaping at the first chance. Why this dichotomy? One theory is that we humans have an innate need for simple living and for close ties that is being provided less and less as society progresses and we humans are expected more and more to act like individual automatons. A good book on the subject is Tribe by Sebastian Junger.

u/Final-Verdict · 23 pointsr/AskMen

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. I'm starting this comment off with this book because it is, far beyond the shadow of a doubt, the most important book that every man should read. It is primarily meant for soldiers in the US military but god damn dude every fucking male on this planet needs to read this fucking book, plus it's less than 200 pages. If someone comes up to you and tells you that you can only read one more book ever again let it be this one. If you buy any book recommended here today, it absolutely needs to be this one. If you're one of those dudes that is in a sort of "melancholy" where you're not "living" life, you're just sort of "existing", this book can really help you sort things out. Fuck, buy this book even if you're one of the women of /r/AskMen.

The book question gets asked from time to time in this subreddit and I actually bought some of the books that people were recommending. Most of them (in my opinion) suck sweaty ass but a few were actually good. Here's a general run down of the books I bought from a thread asking the same question.

From best to worst. Keep in mind that this is just my opinion and shouldn't be treated as the law of the land.

Man's Search for Meaning. Written by a Jewish man who survived Nazi concentration camps. Unlike a lot of concentration camp books it doesn't go over the physical torture aspect of it. He talks about what was going through his mind and the way that other prisoners acted. The talks about his mental state and what got him and others through one of the most devastating crimes against humanity. Craziest part is when they get liberated. The prisoners are allowed to go into the nearby town and most of them think to themselves "this isn't real, this is bullshit" at which point they head back to the concentration camp.

The Tao of Pooh. The author conveys the lessons of Buddhist Taoism through Winnie the Pooh stories he made with commentary in between the stories. Started off good but I skipped the Pooh stories and went straight to the commentary, having to read excerpts that are meant for 3 year olds got old really quick. The book spirals into a steaming pile of shit towards the end. Te author starts inserting personal opinion into the commentary and talking shit on types of people he doesn't like. He talks shit on scientists for studying birds (let the birds be birds), joggers (all that running and they never go anywhere), and people who try to develop cures for diseases (let nature run its course). He tries to back all his opinions up with this totally bullshit story about a Chinese man who lived to be 250 years old. I don't know how sheltered and naive you have to be to think that you can live to 250 by "going for brisk walks" and "eating only vegetables" but the author makes himself look like a complete asshat by putting faith in the story.

The Stranger. The book tries to convey that the universe is indifferent to you and your problems (which it is) but the author presents it in a painfully boring manner.

The Meditations. A Roman emperors diary and notes on stoicism. Super fucking hard to read. "I thank my mother for teaching me motherly things. I thank my father for teaching me fatherly things. I thank my teacher for sharing knowledge. I thank my friends for being there for me." I couldn't make it to page 10. Shit was just too fucking repetitive.

u/past_is_prologue · 10 pointsr/whitepeoplegifs

Sebastien Junger wrote a really great book about that called Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. It is fascinating. Along the same lines I heard a comedian talking about how he wished they would release tigers into neighbourhoods so that neighbours had to band and together to face the common threat together, or parish as individuals.

It is a really interesting area of study, and one that will be extremely relevant as we move further into the digital age.

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/Twitch

If you read enough English to read this book, you should check it out.

Sounds like the cities in China are so hyper-modern-society'ized that it can be very harmful for your mental health.

u/Whit3W0lf · 6 pointsr/Veterans

I think you are on to something with the sense of belonging.

u/C12H23 · 6 pointsr/AskWomenOver30

Male here, but I have to recommend this book whenever I have the chance: Tribe by Sebastian Junger.

Junger is war correspondent, documentary filmmaker, writer, etc. He's seen way more than most of us ever will, and this book really drove home some points for me about what it means to be part of your community, part of society, and how we treat each other.

This review on Amazon sums it up very well:

"Tribe focuses on the growing disconnect we’re experiencing with one another as a society, and the far reaching consequences of that disconnect. It’s an eye-opening letter to the American public that politely reminds us that we’ve lost our way when it comes to being a closer knit community as a whole.

Not always, of course. In his book, he touches on how tragedies such as 9/11 brings us closer - albeit briefly. But once the dust settles, we fall back to our old ways.

This is not a book about war, the military, or PTSD. It’s about the loss of belonging, caring for our fellow man as we do about the ones closest to us. He uses a parable about a brief encounter he has with a homeless man as a young adult. The man sees that he’s on a backpacking trip on his own and asks if he has enough food for his trip. The young Junger, afraid of being mugged for his supplies, lies and tells the man that he has just a little food to last him. The homeless man tells Junger he’ll never make it on what he has and hands him his lunch bag that he more than likely received from a homeless shelter - probably the only meal the homeless man would have the entire day. Sebastian feels horrible about himself after that, but uses that lesson as a parable for Tribe.

Think of your fellow man before thinking of yourself. Because without that sense of humanism, togetherness, belonging, we’re all dead inside."

u/itsonlyastrongbuzz · 4 pointsr/NavyBlazer

Reading: Tribe, by Sebastian Junger. Already half way through it. Introspection on society and war and anxiety/PTSD/depression... It's just wild.

Watching: Ozark on Netflix. Wild show, and pretty engaging.

Listening to: CONVERGE, "Eve." probably give most people an aneurism, but CONVERGE is one of the most talented and influential bands of it's genre. Totally get disimssing it as "ah, screaming" but they teach their album Jane Doe at Berklee College of Music. Their lead singer Jacob Bannon does all the art too, which... The cover for Jane Doe is iconic

Anyway, I listen to everything from Ravel to Rammstein to Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Rihanna (okay maybe not Rihanna), but that harcore/metal has always had a special place in my heart, and their new album sounds amazing.

u/SonofNamek · 3 pointsr/philosophy

>Which is also why many soldiers, IMO, have PTSD.

Well, I'll have to disagree with this opinion. Other than a physiological problem that varies from person to person and therefore, effects how they react to stress, I think the biggest reason for much of what people categorize as "PTSD" comes from the existential dread of returning to society. That is not to say that maybe a few don't experience what you wrote but rather that there's a social aspect that is missing in today's understanding of combat veterans (the topic's article even hints at it).

This video, "Why Veterans Miss War" does a decent job explaining it.

Essentially, many soldiers enjoy war. They don't enjoy the death and decay but they find the adventure and action quite exhilarating. There's a sense of fulfillment being there with your brothers in arms as you fight the enemy that is out to get you.

It's not limited to these recent wars or solely from an American perspective either. I've read/seen WWII veterans, Vietnam veterans, and Iraqi commandos fighting ISIS in the worst of conditions express this sentiment.

In that sense, as the video points out, the soldier returns to a society that doesn't understand that experience. Meanwhile, the soldiers never really get this "best time of your life" type camaraderie back. It is abrupt and culturally shocking to be pushed back into "regular life".

A lot of veterans point to that grocery store scene in the Hurt Locker as being somewhat of an accurate portrayal of what they face when they come home. Such choices being made there seem meaningless compared to the choices being made in combat (or even just taking care of your fellow troops in general).

This becomes even more apparent when the soldiers experience little to no closure. They lose touch with the friends they made, they don't get updated on the outpost they stayed at and the villagers they may have shared tea with, they may have their own guesses but they don't know what will happen to the geopolitical landscape they helped shape.

As a result, depression and feeling isolated can occur. Addiction to drugs, alcohol, or reckless action can be one way to substitute for this emptiness. The trolley problem, as insane as it may seem, that one might experience in war seems much simpler and meaningful than the vast meaninglessness of society.

The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by WWII vet and philosophy professor Jesse Glenn Gray does a good job explaining the philosophy of wartime experience and I think it's worth checking out alongside the book Tribe by Sebastian Junger (the speaker in the TED talk above).

u/Burrito_Capital · 2 pointsr/dating

We can all struggle with that, so it is a normal thing to question our own value in my opinion. It's not normal in that situation to "realize" you are of "no value" and then trust that realization without reference... This is the equivalent of asking a dog about quantum theory and trusting the answer, but inside our heads this is what we in effect do. The emotional feeling of being worthless barks at our intellect, and our intellect interprets this as a truth, absurd when analyzed, so disregard it.

The Drama of the Gifted Child may be a good book to look at for you, interesting perspectives.

The moral emotions is an interesting read about why anger (or despair) can be so addicting and seem so "right" when it is happening.

The Happiness Hypothesis also by Jonathan Haidt is a great read about our emotions vs our intellect...

Tribe is a good read on finding where you fit, more related to soldiers and post combat, but apply it to your current situation and find your tribe.

Glad you are still with us, and no matter what you feel, you are not alone.

Edit: authors name from autocorrect purgatory...

u/illgetup_andflyaway · 2 pointsr/news

I just read Tribe. I can't recommend it enough

u/VowelConstantLetter · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

The book is Tribe and it's all about humans, namely war vets and all and how they behave during war and their readjustments into society, touching briefly upon the author's grander view upon the status of modern society and how the average person functions within it. Wasn't... a type of book that really appealed to me, in that the way it was told was kind of more emotionally appealing and told the stories and anecdotes rather than tossing out numbers and dwelling on a thinking/logistic process (which I guess I prefer :p), but it was a solid and well written book anyway.

And thanks for the well wishes :), I'm stressed usually most of the time subconsciously but it becomes a real problem when I start noticing it and I stress out even more, so I think I'll just have to wait for it to die down and get back into a healthy cycle of life. And I get the eating thing too, I always know that I'm full and I don't need to eat but I still do and then I worry about that and it's ust a feedback loop of death

u/Zaramesh · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

We're social creatures. It's literally been bred into our DNA for millions of years, spanning species upon species. By our basic biology humans (like the other apes, with the exception of orangutans) are geared towards living in groups from the moment we are born until death.

We were never really meant to be alone. We've learned to be more solitary as overpopulation and population density increases. However that's for comfortable scenarios. Introduce new stimuli (traveling, going out among other humans, etc.) then that instinctual heritage we have expresses itself over our learned behaviours. We seek out the familiarity of tribe and connection.

I'm an anthro nerd if you couldn't tell. You may be interested in this book. It touches a lot on this subject,

u/pingjoi · 2 pointsr/AskHistorians

What about the "research" by Sebastian Junger, presented in the book "Tribe"?

He does provide many sources in the back, but it's not an actual scholarly work.

u/RedOctShtandingBy · 2 pointsr/CombatFootage

Also Tribe.

u/bloatedplutocrat · 2 pointsr/history

It existed but except for those with TBI's (brain permanently damaged) it was likely not as bad as it is today. Most PTSD is treatable (be it from rape, combat, car crash, etc.) through strong support systems and time. Aside from death rates from injuries being higher (infections and antibiotics weren't a thing back then) those that survived traumatic experiences were less likely to be isolated from their peers that experienced similar circumstances than today. Non-TBI related long term PTSD certainly exists but if you look at traumatic events like the survivors of the blitz in WW2, the 2011 tsunami, and other similar things you'll see fewer cases of it. Maybe because of poorer record keeping/diagnosis but
¯\(ツ)/¯ it's not the worst theory. If PTSD stuff interests you /u/Booty_Buffet I recommend checking out the following book (from the journalist who made Restropo)

u/Copse_Of_Trees · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Per this book, rates of suicide go down during wartime. Also an interesting tidbit that during the 1700's and 1800's American expansion west, Western settlers would often voluntarily renounce American society and integrate into Native American societies. The reverse very, very rarely happened. Indians only integrated into the West when forced by circumstance.

u/sil0 · 1 pointr/worldnews

Copied from my other comment in this threat. "If you havn't already, check out Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger: There is some hope offered there."

u/happybadger · 1 pointr/environment

> I honestly don't understand how conservatives can handle this level of cognitive dissonance

Recommended reading. There's a reason the right is so obsessed with culture warrior shit. Humans are deeply susceptible to tribalistic thinking and us-versus-other posturing, things that kept us alive for tens of thousands of years. The right uses wedge issues as totems to build up a 'Murica mythos that's tied to masculinity, heterosexuality, psychonormativity, and racial identity. They can push all the antisocial policy they want as long as their base thinks a vote for R is a vote for being a straight, white male.

Between that and general ignorance/apathy, and holy shit I've never met a population so disengaged and apathetic, you've got a recipe for disaster. There is no reconciliation possible because they see you as a subhuman, there's no reeducation possible because that would require either common media or them picking up books, even violent confrontation is pretty well fucked because they own most of the guns and we're in a 1936 Spain scenario where the right is mostly unified and the left is divided and at-odds with domestic and international media.

u/78704dad2 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Remember often times people miss that with trauma there is also Post Traumatic Growth as well, it requires a focus on improvement.

Learning or doing new things is hyper critical to stop Post Traumatic Stress post trauma. Also, there is a book out by Restropo's Sebastian Junger on rituals we had historically post trauma that are absent in modern society to reset the brain and start the new path. It is mainly responsible for not seeing the upside of processing and going beyond trauma and tbi.

So it's important that anyone whom experiences trauma to get into a new skill, learning etc and it helps restore functionality as well as growth.

u/Resident_Trent · 1 pointr/BettermentBookClub

If you're interested,Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger could be helpful.

u/decrementsf · 1 pointr/reddeadredemption

Circling back, I think this is the book I had in mind. Was quick in audiobook format, think I got through it in a workout or two at the gym.

u/klukjakobuk · 1 pointr/self

You should listen to this episode of NPR or read the book the segment is about: Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging. It really struck me that our society is completely screwed up and isolating us, whether on purpose or not.

u/nahnotreallytho · 1 pointr/videos

People have done that, over and over throughout the course of modernizing history.

There are, of course, shades of grey. You are falsely attempting to put people in two categories here, 'happy' and 'unhappy', and claiming that anyone not 'building a shelter in the woods and fucking in the mud' would be in 'the unhappy category' by my logic. This is a pretty ridiculous reduction, and does not account for the basic pleasures of survival that are still attainable in a modern society

I highly recommend doing something productive, like reading/listening to a book on a topic that you think about, instead of being an ignorant tool on reddit.

It'll work out way better for you, in the long run.

u/INeedNewNostalgia · 1 pointr/BestOfOutrageCulture

In the book Tribe, Sebastian Junger says that an Apache interviewee insisted he refer to them as "American Indians" rather than "Native Americans." Different people have different preferences.