Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 3

 

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3026-3031 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 03:23:35

The future: that’s where you go to die (hopefully, not too soon). Your demise might be staved off through work; through the sacrifice of the now to gain benefit later. It is for this reason—among others, no doubt—that the concept of sacrifice is introduced in the Biblical chapter immediately following the drama of the Fall. There is little difference between sacrifice and work. They are also both uniquely human. Sometimes, animals act as if they are working, but they are really only following the dictates of their nature. Beavers build dams. They do so because they are beavers, and beavers build dams. They don’t think, “Yeah, but I’d rather be on a beach in Mexico with my girlfriend,” while they’re doing…

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3190-3196 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:04:46

Socrates rejected expediency, and the necessity for manipulation that accompanied it. He chose instead, under the direst of conditions, to maintain his pursuit of the meaningful and the true. Twenty-five hundred years later, we remember his decision and take comfort from it. What can we learn from this? If you cease to utter falsehoods and live according to the dictates of your conscience, you can maintain your nobility, even when facing the ultimate threat; if you abide, truthfully and courageously, by the highest of ideals, you will be provided with more security and strength than will be offered by any short-sighted concentration on your own safety; if you live properly, fully, you can discover meaning so profound that it protects you even from the fear of death. Could all that possibly be true?

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3288-3290 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:14:42

Forty days is a deeply symbolic period of time, echoing the forty years the Israelites spent wandering in the desert after escaping the tyranny of Pharaoh and Egypt. Forty days is a long time in the underworld of dark assumptions, confusion and fear—long enough to journey to the very center, which is Hell itself.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3326-3330 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:19:17

Satan embodies the refusal of sacrifice; he is arrogance, incarnate; spite, deceit, and cruel, conscious malevolence. He is pure hatred of Man, God and Being. He will not humble himself, even when he knows full well that he should. Furthermore, he knows exactly what he is doing, obsessed with the desire for destruction, and does it deliberately, thoughtfully and completely. It has to be him, therefore—the very archetype of Evil—who confronts and tempts Christ, the archetype of Good. It must be him who offers to the Savior of Mankind, under the most

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3326-3331 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:19:25

Satan embodies the refusal of sacrifice; he is arrogance, incarnate; spite, deceit, and cruel, conscious malevolence. He is pure hatred of Man, God and Being. He will not humble himself, even when he knows full well that he should. Furthermore, he knows exactly what he is doing, obsessed with the desire for destruction, and does it deliberately, thoughtfully and completely. It has to be him, therefore—the very archetype of Evil—who confronts and tempts Christ, the archetype of Good. It must be him who offers to the Savior of Mankind, under the most trying of conditions, what all men most ardently desire. Satan first

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3326-3330 | Added on Sunday, 11 February 2018 23:19:40

Satan embodies the refusal of sacrifice; he is arrogance, incarnate; spite, deceit, and cruel, conscious malevolence. He is pure hatred of Man, God and Being. He will not humble himself, even when he knows full well that he should. Furthermore, he knows exactly what he is doing, obsessed with the desire for destruction, and does it deliberately, thoughtfully and completely. It has to be him, therefore—the very archetype of Evil—who confronts and tempts Christ, the archetype of Good. It must be him who offers to the Savior of Mankind, under the most trying of conditions, what all men most ardently desire.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3573-3574 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:10:45

“If you are disciplined and privilege the future over the present you can change the structure of reality in your favour.”

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3604-3609 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:14:54

understanding my own capacity to act like a Nazi prison guard or a gulag archipelago trustee or a torturer of children in a dungeon, I grasped what it meant to “take the sins of the world onto oneself.” Each human being has an immense capacity for evil. Each human being understands, a priori, perhaps not what is good, but certainly what is not. And if there is something that is not good, then there is something that is good. If the worst sin is the torment of others, merely for the sake of the suffering produced—then the good is whatever is diametrically opposed to that. The good is whatever stops such things from happening.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3640-3643 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:19:23

You may come to ask yourself, “What should I do today?” in a manner that means “How could I use my time to make things better, instead of worse?” Such tasks may announce themselves as the pile of undone paperwork that you could attend to, the room that you could make a bit more welcoming, or the meal that could be a bit more delicious and more gratefully delivered to your family.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3647-3651 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:20:13

Expedience—that’s hiding all the skeletons in the closet. That’s covering the blood you just spilled with a carpet. That’s avoiding responsibility. It’s cowardly, and shallow, and wrong. It’s wrong because mere expedience, multiplied by many repetitions, produces the character of a demon. It’s wrong because expedience merely transfers the curse on your head to someone else, or to your future self, in a manner that will make your future, and the future generally, worse instead of better. There is no faith and no courage and no sacrifice

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3647-3651 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:20:22

Expedience—that’s hiding all the skeletons in the closet. That’s covering the blood you just spilled with a carpet. That’s avoiding responsibility. It’s cowardly, and shallow, and wrong. It’s wrong because mere expedience, multiplied by many repetitions, produces the character of a demon. It’s wrong because expedience merely transfers the curse on your head to someone else, or to your future self, in a manner that will make your future, and the future generally, worse instead of better.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3672-3674 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:21:46

Meaning is the Way, the path of life more abundant, the place you live when you are guided by Love and speaking Truth and when nothing you want or could possibly want takes any precedence over precisely that. Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3703-3711 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:29:02

had had a strange set of experiences a few years before embarking upon my clinical training.148 I found myself subject to some rather violent compulsions (none acted upon), and developed the conviction, in consequence, that I really knew rather little about who I was and what I was up to. So, I began paying much closer attention to what I was doing—and saying. The experience was disconcerting, to say the least. I soon divided myself into two parts: one that spoke, and one, more detached, that paid attention and judged. I soon came to realize that almost everything I said was untrue. I had motives for saying these things: I wanted to win arguments and gain status and impress people and get what I wanted. I was using language to bend and twist the world into delivering what I thought was necessary. But I was a fake. Realizing this, I started to practise only saying things that the internal voice would not object to. I started to practise telling the truth—or, at least, not lying. I soon learned that such a skill came in very handy when I didn’t know what to do.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3703-3711 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:29:09

I had had a strange set of experiences a few years before embarking upon my clinical training.148 I found myself subject to some rather violent compulsions (none acted upon), and developed the conviction, in consequence, that I really knew rather little about who I was and what I was up to. So, I began paying much closer attention to what I was doing—and saying. The experience was disconcerting, to say the least. I soon divided myself into two parts: one that spoke, and one, more detached, that paid attention and judged. I soon came to realize that almost everything I said was untrue. I had motives for saying these things: I wanted to win arguments and gain status and impress people and get what I wanted. I was using language to bend and twist the world into delivering what I thought was necessary. But I was a fake. Realizing this, I started to practise only saying things that the internal voice would not object to. I started to practise telling the truth—or, at least, not lying. I soon learned that such a skill came in very handy when I didn’t know what to do.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3760-3760 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 15:46:42

I rid myself, to the bottom of my soul, of primate-dominance motivations and moral superiority.

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

– Your Highlight at location 3830-3837 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 16:03:36

If you betray yourself, if you say untrue things, if you act out a lie, you weaken your character. If you have a weak character, then adversity will mow you down when it appears, as it will, inevitably. You will hide, but there will be no place left to hide. And then you will find yourself doing terrible things. Only the most cynical, hopeless philosophy insists that reality could be improved through falsification. Such a philosophy judges Being and becoming alike, and deems them flawed. It denounces truth as insufficient and the honest man as deluded. It is a philosophy that both brings about and then justifies the endemic corruption of the world. It is not vision as such, and not a plan devised to achieve a vision, that is at fault under such circumstances. A vision of the future, the desirable future, is necessary. Such a vision links action taken now with important, long-term, foundational values. It lends actions in the present significance and importance. It provides a frame limiting uncertainty and anxiety.

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