Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 7

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

– Your Highlight at location 6098-6106 | Added on Thursday, 15 February 2018 02:36:11

My wife and I learned that if you ask yourself such a question, and you genuinely desire the answer (no matter how disgraceful and terrible and shameful), then a memory of something you did that was stupid and wrong at some point in the generally not-distant-enough past will arise from the depths of your mind. Then you can go back to your partner and reveal why you’re an idiot, and apologize (sincerely) and that person can do the same for you, and then apologize (sincerely), and then you two idiots will be able to talk again. Perhaps that is true prayer: the question, “What have I done wrong, and what can I do now to set things at least a little bit more right?” But your heart must be open to the terrible truth. You must be receptive to that which you do not want to hear. When you decide to learn about your faults, so that they can be rectified, you open a line of communication with the source of all revelatory thought. Maybe that’s the same thing as consulting your conscience. Maybe that’s the same thing, in some manner, as a discussion with God.

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

– Your Highlight at location 6114-6115 | Added on Thursday, 15 February 2018 02:37:27

So, I asked the appropriate question—and, almost immediately, an answer revealed itself: Write down the words you want inscribed on your soul. I wrote that down.

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

– Your Highlight at location 6117-6120 | Added on Friday, 16 February 2018 03:16:02

Here was the first: What shall I do tomorrow? The answer came: The most good possible in the shortest period of time. That was satisfying, as well—conjoining an ambitious aim with the demands of maximal efficiency. A worthy challenge. The second question was in the same vein: What shall I do next year? Try to ensure that the good I do then will be exceeded only by the good I do the year after that. Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 6

 

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

– Your Highlight at location 5630-5632 | Added on Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:42:20

For a woman to become complete, such stories claim, she must form a relationship with masculine consciousness and stand up to the terrible world (which sometimes manifests itself, primarily, in the form of her too-present mother). An actual man can help her do that, to some degree, but it is better for everyone concerned when no one is too dependent.

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

– Your Highlight at location 5726-5731 | Added on Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:54:37

If they’re healthy, women don’t want boys. They want men. They want someone to contend with; someone to grapple with. If they’re tough, they want someone tougher. If they’re smart, they want someone smarter. They desire someone who brings to the table something they can’t already provide. This often makes it hard for tough, smart, attractive women to find mates: there just aren’t that many men around who can outclass them enough to be considered desirable (who are higher, as one research publication put it, in “income, education, self-confidence, intelligence, dominance and social position”). Continue reading

Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 4

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

– Your Highlight at location 3853-3857 | Added on Monday, 12 February 2018 16:07:29

The prideful, rational mind, comfortable with its certainty, enamoured of its own brilliance, is easily tempted to ignore error, and to sweep dirt under the rug. Literary, existential philosophers, beginning with Søren Kierkegaard, conceived of this mode of Being as “inauthentic.” An inauthentic person continues to perceive and act in ways his own experience has demonstrated false. He does not speak with his own voice. “Did what I want happen? No. Then my aim or my methods were wrong. I still have something to learn.” That is the voice of authenticity.

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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… Continue reading

Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 2

 

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

– Your Highlight at location 1808-1813 | Added on Thursday, 8 February 2018 02:45:39

If the internal voice makes you doubt the value of your endeavours—or your life, or life itself—perhaps you should stop listening. If the critical voice within says the same denigrating things about everyone, no matter how successful, how reliable can it be? Maybe its comments are chatter, not wisdom. There will always be people better than you—that’s a cliché of nihilism, like the phrase, In a million years, who’s going to know the difference? The proper response to that statement is not, Well, then, everything is meaningless. It’s, Any idiot can choose a frame of time within which nothing matters. Talking yourself into irrelevance is not a profound critique of Being. It’s a cheap trick of the rational mind.

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Jordan Peterson’s “12 rules for life: an antidote to chaos” – excrept no. 1

Firs off, here is the summary:

1. Stand up straight with your shoulders straight

2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

3. Befriend people who want the best for you

4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not the useless person you are today

5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them

6. Set your house in order before you criticise the world

7. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient

8. Tell the truth. Or at least don’t lie

9. Assume the person you are listening to knows something you don’t

10. Be precise in your speech

11. Do not bother children while they are skateboarding

12. Pet a cat when you encounter one in the street

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