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Sebastian Junger on Conflict and Coming Together

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Tim Hetherington, http://www.timhetheringtontrust.org/
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The journalist Sebastian Junger has noticed that for many veterans, and even some civilians, war feels better than peace, and he has a theory about why that might be. War, he says, compels us to band together and support one another in pursuit of a clear goal. But under the normal conditions of modern culture, we lose those connections, and we feel lonely and lost. Monday, we're rebroadcasting a conversation with Junger about why we’re stronger when we come together and what tribal societies can teach us about leading meaningful lives. (Rebroadcast)

Sebastian Junger is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of a number of books, including The Perfect StormWar, and A Death in Belmont. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the documentary film Restrepo. His latest book is called Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging [Amazon|Indiebound|Audible].

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