On Homecoming and Belonging
Written by: Sebastian Junger
Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
Originally Reviewed: 10-19-17 on audible.com
Rating: 1 – A Must Read by Everyone
…it isn’t nearly long enough. I’m craving more from Sebastian Junger on this topic. I soaked it up and look forward to future listenings. There’s so much here that it will take multiple listenings to for full-comprehension and appreciation of some of the stats, theories, and application of philosophical thought.
It’s ironic that with all of our advancements and technological marvels that facilitate social connections across the globe, we are significantly debilitated in our social associations. That, essentially, is the point the author is makes. It’s only when we absolutely need each other that our relationships are at their best. Sebestian touches on the brotherhood of Soldiers at war and as one myself, I can attest to that camaraderie. There is a meme floating around on social media which has a Soldier crawling through mud on the top half with the words, “all I want to do is go home” and then on the bottom half a Soldier at home on the couch watching tv with the words, “all I want to do is go back.” This dichotomy is a microcosm of what the author presupposes.
I was able to listen at 3x speed without any issues; the audio is crisp and clear and the author as a narrator is great (I prefer non-fiction read by the author).
I highly recommend this book to our entire species in order to understand where we come from and where we’re going. This one had been suggested to me for awhile and I took my time in getting it; big mistake.
Other works for consideration:
1. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl