Yes, that is what I felt was interesting about the particular journalism, that 
it was not the usual story of formative comradeship bonds that is often told 
around military combat service, but of the finding of the deep comradeship 
experience in working in groups to provide humanitarian services.  

 A lot of TM teachers had this experience and now as veteran TM teachers have a 
special bond in life from those 'formative' times. You can see that instant 
familial connection here in Fairfield in any of the coffee shops or places that 
old meditators run in to each other.     


 S3 writing,

Re "It's a sense of purpose thing for me. You're part of something that's much 
larger than yourself. ":

 I understand where he's coming from. (An excellent Yank idiom that!) And good 
luck to him.

 But is it really so impossible a task to build a social order that gives all 
who yearn for a common, shared and noble purpose (which is not everyone's goal 
in life of course) a rewarding task improving the lot of citizens at home? It's 
pretty dispiriting when the only option you can see is to risk life and limb 
and hone your skills killing johnny foreigner. I'm no pacifist so I'm not 
denying either the courage needed or the necessity of (some) wars.

 I've mentioned before that if I were American I'd work alongside similarly 
motivated citizens for reform of your brutal prison system.

 Some similarities to early heady times in Transcendental Meditation..

 an NPR interview, “13 years as a civilian working in Iraq and Afghanistan — 
about his deployment and readjustment to life”. Finding A 'Sense Of Purpose' 
Hard To Find in Life
 "Even though these sorts of tours are very challenging and very disappointing 
at times, they also give a great sense of purpose that is really difficult to 
duplicate elsewhere.

 Because it's not an adrenaline thing. It's a sense of purpose thing for me. 
You're part of something that's much larger than yourself. You work with 
colleagues that put their all into something. You have people who - whose lives 
are being impacted for better and for worse."


 For Veterans, A 'Sense Of Purpose' Hard To Find In Life After Iraq
 For Veterans, A 'Sense Of Purpose' Hard To Find ...
 Rachel Martin talks to Matt Sherman — who spent 13 years as a civilian working 
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 The loss of 'TM as group', not unlike where in a group 'connection' there are 
levels of 'Brotherhood' or 'sisterhood' where there is a mutual agreement that 
one will put the welfare and safety of the group above your own in a level of 
'Brotherhood', putting the welfare of the group above your own..

 At a time there was that in TM, as by example like portrayed in some classics 
like the Iliad, in WWII for some, for some young Marines bonding in Afghanistan 
or in Fallujah coming in to a bond in a small group of trust who they may come 
to love more than themselves.


 Some folks leaving from that level of a communal brotherhood then, separated 
going out and coming back in to society as an individual without a ready bond 
of group one may not know who to trust. One can imagine the psychological 
distress for some people when they leave something like this level of 
connection within group that they loved for a time. It can be an exercise for 
some depending on personal resources.

 Coping then with a loss of a level of communal 'camaraderie' for those being 
turned out in larger society like happened at a time with some old TM'ers, then 
places like Fairfield, Iowa or yahoo-groups may offer congregate forum offering 
a resting place for folks to come together within accepted formative values.

 Some people evidently do groups better than others, how then to bring diverse 
peoples back in to a larger civil group context though? The yahoo-groups 
guidelines as a template are a thoughtful attempt at the exercise of group 
civility and cohesion. Evidently in coming in to cohesion it takes both a 
personal and group constitution in self-control, and hence a discipline and 
moderation by the individual and the group to be of benefit to the individual 
or the group.

 One can kind of understand some of the old TM'ers  the way they may yet be 
looking for community as they once had. That communal something, that 
brotherhood that they had during their formative heady days of youth whence TM 
was coming in to its own back in the 60's and 70's. Those were powerful times 
in camaraderie, something that some people may not ascend to have in their 
lives like that at all. There are few environments or careers that produce or 
give that level of feeling of purpose and communal connectedness.

 A lot of old TM'ers evidently as they formatively 'came of age' it was back in 
the heady days of TM in the 60's and 70's. At a time that may have been one of 
those more powerful times of community for some in their whole lives. Some 
people in their early lives may never really have a cultivated experience of 
community, of navigating a healthy bonded group experience, like army brats 
that get moved frequently around in their youth may miss out on this in those 
formative years. TM for some may well have been that most powerful experience 
of group community, of brotherhood in anything. Seeing this or making note of 
it I feel makes sympathetic characters of several people you may see in TM or 
maybe on the internet.  -JaiGuruYou     

 Interesting reporting now about sub-culture in motorcycle gangs. Asocial 
Ex-military and ex-law enforcement types hoping for 'brotherhood' lost, as 
thugs in costume.

 ..In a sociology looking for 'brotherhood' the motorcycle gangs flourish 
within our larger civil society, some members  had come hoping for connection 
with old or lost fraternity and hooking some of their latent asocial 
characteristics with a gang-bang lawlessness allowed for inside a larger  
[un-moderated] group.  

 Motorcycle camaraderie..






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