Books are Rad - Episode 2: Sebastian Junger's Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Deep down we all have a sense of belonging that is encoded in our genetic makeup.  As a species our communal nature is the reason we gravitate towards small groups in an effort to find a sense of belonging.  However in today’s society, research has shown that people are increasingly more isolated as their sense of “belonging” has become lost in the fray. 

In Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging he investigates our tribal nature as humans and discusses how our identity is tied directly to this sense of belonging and having a purpose within a group.  Junger engages with the reader by using personal experiences  and cases studies to show that when we lose our sense of belonging as human beings - we see major implications on mental health.

Why Tribe?

Today I wanted to share this book with you all because I think it is an extremely important conversation that needs to be had.  Mental health is not always a topic that comes up at the dinner table and for most it is a silent battle that is waged between the ears.  But deep down in my core I believe that if we are truly a community that promotes COURAGE, we have to be willing to speak up and make ourselves available.  We have to be there for one another and understand that Kingfield is much more than just a place to workout.

If you are at all interested in a quick read that will be extremely thought provoking, I suggest you pick up this book.  Politics aside (to each their own), the message that Junger is promoting is one of belonging and simplicity - in an effort to get back to the core of human nature.

“Human beings need three basic things in order to be content: they need to feel competent at what they do; they need to feel authentic in their lives; and they need to feel connected to others. These values are considered "intrinsic" to human happiness and far outweigh "extrinsic" values such as beauty, money and status.”


Happy Reading Rainbow Tuesday Everyone!


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WOD 190205

STRENGTH:  Back Squat: 3 x 6-8 @ RPE 7 

Athletes should focus on control and consistent drive through the legs. The RPE has gone down from two weeks ago. Athletes should attempt to complete a higher volume of reps if possible.

METCON:

AMRAP 2 Minutes:

250 ft. Shuttle sprint

Max reps sandbag to shoulder @ moderate

-REST 2 MINUTES-

AMRAP 2 Minutes:

250 ft. Shuttle sprint

Max reps sandbag to shoulder @ moderate

-REST 2 MINUTES-

AMRAP 2 Minutes:

250 ft. Shuttle sprint

Max reps sandbag to shoulder @ moderate