Here’s my favorite anecdote from Sebastian Junger’s new book

This is a swift little book and powerful. There are some gaps between it’s central claim (the individualism of modern life is destroying people) and a robust body of data, but Junger’s observations are prescient enough to warrant careful attention. 

Here’s my favorite anecdote from the book: a man urges a young body to stop picking the legs off of spiders. “Why?” the boy asks. “Spiders don’t feel pain.” 

The man’s reply will stick you ‘tween the eyes. “It’s not the spider I’m worried about.”