"12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos" by Jordan B. Peterson

 

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Title: 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos
Author: Jordan B. Peterson
Start Date: 6/12/18
End Date: 7/12/18
# of Pages: 409
Edition: Random House Canada harcover (2018)
ISBN: 9780345816023
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: challenging

Why I Chose It: Jordan Peterson is buzzwordy right now, and I saw this in Costco one day and figured I would pick it up and see what the buzz is about.

Quotes: (1) "Standing up means voluntarily accepting the burden of Being." (2) "It is far better to render Beings in your care competent than to protect them." (3) "There are so many ways that things can fall apart, or fail to work altogether, and it is always wounded people who are holding it together." (4) "When you have something to say, silence is a lie - and tyranny feeds on lies." (5) "We only see what we aim at. The rest of the world (and that's most of it) is hidden. If we start aiming at something different - something like 'I want my life to be better' - our minds will start presenting us with new information, derived from the previously hidden world, to aid us in that pursuit." (6) "Here's a straightforward initial idea: rules should not be multiplied beyond necessity. Alternatively stated, bad laws drive out respect for good laws." (7) "When engaging in sacrifice, our forefathers began to act out what would be considered a proposition, if it were stated in words: that something better might be attained in the future by giving up something of value in the present." (8) "To have meaning in your life is better than to have what you want, because you may neither know what you want, nor what you truly need." (9) "Why remain vague, when it renders life stagnant and murky? Well, if you don't know who you are, you can hide in doubt. Maybe you're not a bad, careless, worthless person. Who knows? Not you." (10) "Precision may leave the tragedy intact, but it chases away the ghouls and demons." (11) "Say what you mean, so that you can find out what you mean." (12) "I came to realize through such thoughts that what can be truly loved about a person is inseparable from their limitations." (13) "What shall I do tomorrow? The answer came: The most good possible in the shortest period of time."

Other Notes: I don't agree with everything I read here (take for example much of the Biblical interpretation since he takes much of it on academically and philosophically instead of in the context of a Christian worldview), but I have a sense that Jordan Peterson is an important thought-anchor in 2018. He remains firm in a specific philosophical perspective that was helpful for me to hear and think through. He pushes back on a lot of popular ideas today, and even if you disagree with him I think he helps the discussions improve and makes a good argument that they should be argued in the first place.

 
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