12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos

Book - 2018
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"What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street. What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
Branch Call Number: 170.44 PET
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life


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Feb 14, 2018

On a scale of 0 to 2, where

0 = I want my time/money back
1 = I read/watched it once; that's enough
2 = I need to ponder this; I'd like to see it/read it again, not necessarily soon

"12 Rules . . . " rates a 1.

The actual rules -- I've forgotten half of them already -- are run-of-the mill, practical stuff. Not bad advice at all.

Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Tell the truth -- or at least don't lie. Lying leads to hell. Pet dogs and cats. Ante up. Gut it out. Fight chaos with order. Start small. Improve things incrementally. Compound growth applies to small improvements. Life is suffering. Nihilism leads to great evil. Skateboarders should be left alone.

Peterson's bedrock belief, the one we can all agree on, he says, is that suffering is wrong.

To him, we must seek the balance between chaos and order, the yin and the yang. The upward-pointing triangle (the male) of the Star of David balances the downward-pointing triangle (the female) of the symbol. Time is deep. Darwinian evolution proves that men and women are different. Archetypes of all sorts are drawn in because they represent hard-won truth from untold millennia past. He's fond of Biblical quotes and the archetypes derived from them because they express "truthiness" and not The Truth.

He's made Being, in a Wittgenstein sense, integral to the book, and alludes to it as a kind of individual and personal pinnacle, as someone today might use the word "woke." Not quite, but that's the general idea.

He's fond of psychologists, particularly Jung. A lot of that pschologicomolizing strikes me as cherry-picking or wishful thinking.


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