How has violence shaped societies?


In a discussion with Sebastian Junger on the impact of violence on societies, Tim Ferriss explores how the structure of modern society reduces the necessity for organized group violence, which has historically shaped male roles in communities. Junger highlights that historically, young men were often organized into groups for hunting or combat to defend their communities—a practice that has largely been redundant in modern, safer societies. In the absence of these traditional roles, young men may seek out or create alternative groups, often leading to risky or violent behavior as they attempt to find ways to demonstrate their prowess and satisfy their innate need to contribute to communal defense. This shift impacts social dynamics and can lead to negative behaviors such as forming gangs or engaging in illegal activities 1.

Male Closeness, Less Violence

Sebastian Junger explores the importance of male closeness and the potential for less male violence in our society. He discusses how the absence of organized group violence has led young men to seek out their own trials and create their own groups, often resulting in risky behavior. Junger emphasizes the need for young men to have a good and useful group to belong to in order to channel their natural instincts for defending the community.

Tim Ferriss Show

Sebastian Junger Interview (Full Episode) | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)