025: How Tribes Self-destruct | Sebastian Junger | ‘Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging’

By Maya Mathias | Journalists

We need to stop living in and either/or world.

Tribalism is crucial. It bonds us to people we identify with, are nurtured by, and would potentially die for.

But what happens when a tribe’s defenders are disconnected from or disenfranchised by other members of the tribe?

American veterans are one of the most striking modern-day examples of this. Many veterans question the wars they’re engaged in. Many more feel alienated when they return.

And…the smaller our tribes get, the more we risk adopting an “it’s either me or them” mentality, and the harder it is for societies and nations to stay intact and peaceful.

Listen to this episode of The Executive Book Club podcast and learn:

  • which trends in highly-developed societies threaten their very existence
  • how American Indians tribes, as vicious and violent as they were when at war, have a lot to teach us about living in peace
  • how to rethink our relationships to each other for the sake of our communities, nations and the planet.


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Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.