TRIBE- On Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastian Junger.

TRIBE- On Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastian Junger.

Memories of veterans about comrades and the years of battle, the project engineer involved when he graduated; or simply celebrate each of you about your friends / teachers & students …



Every one of us has almost always had a place, a memorable time, a time when we actually see “belong”; be attached / split; with the same burden, the same joys of victory … “steamed rice, a cigarette also divided into two”.

As Sebastian Junger points out in “Tribe: on homecoming and belonging”: people with instincts and desires belong to a certain “place”, being part of something bigger and more meaningful than personal self .

In tribe (“tribe”) “pre-civilized” groups, the cohesion factor always shows very clearly: no one supervises, starts to leave early to come back … but each member considers the tribe to be home; is a place to shelter, nurture, and source strength. A collective even though the leader has “supreme” but every individual’s voice is respected; Each tribal member is independent and self-sufficient in carrying out his work.



When the intellectual and social organization progresses, tribal members are called “employees”, the leader becomes “boss”, the relationship is processed, upgraded to science “Human Resource Management” (with the best practices, KPI, performance evaluation, employee satisfaction …). Techniques of detailed management, science … but cohesion, meaning becomes increasingly dilapidated. Instead of being home … organized into a place full of pressure and boredom.

The approach to management / organization & leadership issues in the corner of “tribe” has a certain appeal. On the one hand, it highlights the importance of cohesion among members, the meaning of work in an increasingly meaningless world. On the other hand, it also emphasizes personal responsibility, because tribes not only protect and protect, it also requires each member’s loyalty, dedication and spiritual sacrifice. Each member must undergo personal challenges before being accepted, considered “adults”; and most of them are willing to sacrifice to protect the tribe where they belong.

And it is also an aspect that is often forgotten in an age that often wants to be safe, fast and easy. As Sebastian says at the beginning of the book:

“How do you become a adult in a society that doesn’t ask for a sacrifice? How do you not require courage?”

(How can you become an adult in a society that does not require sacrifice? How can you become a man in a world without courage?)

(From Meraki)