if you haven’t heard of him yet, Jordan Peterson is a psychologist from Toronto who has just blown up recently after his involvement in certain political debates, most famously the debate on free speech. his mild mannerliness and gift of the gab have made him a real force to be reckoned with in the scene. I’ve been binge watching his content on youtube for a bit now and I absolutely love his teachings. he has videotaped a whole bunch of his lectures where he interprets the work of Jung, a little bit of Freud, Neitsche and the others and also analyses the stories of the bible and even Disney movies. one thing I really like about Peterson’s teachings which is also one thing I have in common with him is how he emphasises the importance of religion and archetypes.
I must say Jordan has not yet said whether he believes in god in the traditional sense but he does believe in the power of religion and the stories within them. I personally feel obligated not to convert people to my belief systems or make them follow a set of rules but to try to get them to see the value in things such as religion and spirituality. I really believe that following nothing but materialistic scientific facts has made many people lost and empty and I try and show them that its okay if they choose to see that there is something completely magical and transcendent about the world we live in and some people don’t need to hear that, I get that but I think some people do and the reason I think that is because well, I certainly did. I just watched a youtube video by Alyssa Sharpe(she used to do astrology videos but is branching out, she’s been a bit quiet for a while) where she tackles this a little, she implies that believing in a god as something outside of science and maths can really make a difference when it comes to your creativity and overall being (at least thats what I got from it.) theres a definite stubbornness in my personal belief in a god, i’m happy to admit that, I believe in a god, not anything specific, I have trouble trying to figure out who or what he is but I’ve made a decision that there is one after a lot of meditation on the subject. at the end of the day I don’t know but theres a reason its called faith, its a gamble, we don’t fucking know its just a choice. I’ve side tracked a little but Jordan is just a fucking beast because he can make these sorts of arguments and relate it all to neurology, biology, history, evolution, psychology and everything else under the sun including lobsters and connect all that shit up some fucking how. I’m currently in the second chapter of his book 12 rules for life and its a bloody great read. I’m a dumb dumb so its not a light read for me but its well worth it because he shares some really great information.
heres a taste:
order is not enough, you can’t just be stable, and secure, and unchanging, because there are still vital and important new things to be learned. nonetheless, chaos can be too much. you can’t long tolerate being swamped and overwhelmed beyond your capacity to cope while you are learning what you still need to know. thus, you need to place one foot in what you have mastered and understood and the other in what you are currently exploring and mastering. then you have positioned yourself where the terror of existence is under control and you are secure, but where you are also alert and engaged. that is where there is something new to master and some way you can be improved. that is where meaning can be found.
along with his youtube lectures which you can check out, his interviews which are well wroth checking out and his books, Jordan has also created a personality test and an online program called the future authoring program which are really helpful tools when you’re a fucking mess like me. the future authoring program makes you write down in detail where you want to be in the future, you write down your goals and some steps you can take to achieve them. so you have your own little personal heaven to run towards but thats not effective enough so you also write down where you would be if you took the opposite path and you get to draw (metaphorically) a little picture of a personal hell and you now have that to simultaneously run away from. his personality test at understandmyself.com grades you in agreeableness (compassion and politeness), conscientiousness(industriousness and orderliness), extraversion (enthusiasm and assertiveness), neuroticism (withdrawal and volatility) and openness to experience (openness and intellect). for example I’m 54th percentile in agreeableness meaning in a room of 100 people I’d be more agreeable than 54 of them. if we break agreeableness down into politeness and compassion, i’m 91st percentile in compassion and 9th percentile in politeness which is kind of fucked up, like I don’t know exactly how that mix works but it does make sense.
anyway, Jordan Peterson, check the fucker out if you haven’t yet.