Thoughts and Quotes from “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger

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This book was given to me by a great friend with the inscription “To another member of the Tribe”. Of course the short read jumped to the top of my queue. If I am part of a tribe, I want to know more about my team.

In this book the author seeks to shed light on mental illness and other life stressers as they relate to modern society’s absence of community. The avenue utilized for example centers around active military duty and PTSD. While I do not agree with all of the theories that arise, the book was practical and insightful – a worthy read.

Here are a few quotes I marked along the way:

  • How do you become an adult in a society that doesn’t ask for sacrifice? How do you become a man in a world that doesn’t require courage?
  • Many people feel that affluence and safety simply aren’t a good trade for freedom.
  • During the 1960’s, senior executives in America typically made around twenty dollars for every dollar earned by a rank-and-file worker. Since then, that figure has climbed to 300-to-1 among S&P 500 companies, and in some cases it goes far higher than that.
  • Today’s veterans often come home to find that, although they’re willing to die for their country, they’re not sure how to live for it.
  • Unlike criticism, contempt is particularly toxic because it assumes a moral superiority in the speaker.

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