Lewis would probably have hated Jordan Peterson. You could try to figure out what your weaknesses are and how to improve — but that would require an admission of failure and a difficult commitment. Was one system just as arbitrary and corrupt as the other? It requires you to be articulate speaker and careful, judicious listener at the same time.
I searched for one thing— anything— I could regard as indisputable. About once per news cycle, we get a thinkpiece about how Modern Life Lacks Meaning.
To a first approximation, they only ever say three things: The thinkpieces are people pointing out a gap.
Just exactly what happened in the twentieth century, anyway? But God help me, for some reason the cliches worked. Lean too far toward Order, and you get boredom and tyranny and stagnation.
Mythographer, missing the point. If the worst sin is the torment of others, merely for the sake of the suffering produced — then the good is whatever is diametrically opposite to that. The input of the community is required for the integrity of the individual psyche.
But the other reason I feel guilty about the Lewis comparison is that C. It was from this that I drew my fundamental moral conclusions. Were all value structures merely the clothing of power? It drove all of us crazy, to tell you the truth.
And if there is something that is not good, then there is something that is good. Consider then that the alleviation of unnecessary pain and suffering is a good. The rise of Science. When he says the Bible stories are guides to how to live, you feel tempted to change your life goal to fighting Philistines.
You can talk in philosophy class about how subtle and complicated they are, but this is bullshit and you know it. You become a prophet by saying things that you would have to either be a prophet or the most pompous windbag in the Universe to say, then looking a little too wild-eyed for anyone to be comfortable calling you the most pompous windbag in the universe.
Jordan Peterson is a believer in the New Religion, the one where God is the force for good inside each of us, and all religions are paths to wisdom, and the Bible stories are just guides on how to live our lives. I feel properly ashamed about this.
It was very subtle. Dozens of them, really.
To place the alleviation of unnecessary pain and suffering at the pinnacle of your hierarchy of value is to work to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth. If you ask me whether I was using dragon-related metaphors, I will vociferously deny it. If you sort yourself out and trust in metaphorical God, you can live a wholesome self-respecting life, make your parents proud, and make the world a better place.
Lewis believes that Hell is a choice. The alternative was the twentieth century. But it was helpful hearing Jordan Peterson say it.12 Rules for Life itself has quite a bit of politics interspersed with the more general life advice; it’s unusually political for a self-help book.
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