Jordan Peterson - A Fallen Hero
I just watched an old video where Peterson brilliantly shut down the PC culture. I was amazed and it reminded me of the man I was introduced to years ago when he first appeared on the scene. His message of personal responsibility was strong. I was very happy to hear a strong man say "clean your room" as the the practical response to the question of what to do in life. Brilliant. I never became a real follower of his as I tend to avoid following anyone too closely, but Peterson would often pop up on my radar. I admit I haven't read his book. I listed to a break down of his rules and they were good, but this blog should explain why I didn't devote too much time to him.
This article will bring you up to speed on Jordan Peterson if you don't know who he is and what he is about.
As time went on I started to see signs that Peterson was not the knight in shining armor he originally appeared to be. This was specifically revealed to me in his podcast with Joe Rogan. He seemed to lose focus on what made him so great when he first emerged on the scene: not caring about what people thought. Instead, the fame and money seemed to be getting to him. He could have gone the slow route and taken much more of an Alan Watts approach, doling out his information in a more gradual and playful playful way. He could have used the law of scarcity to his advantage, taking a more withdrawn approach, increasing the value of his message of free speech. Instead, he chose to do so many interviews and a massive rockstar-like book tour. Even now, if you go to his site you will see a featured flashing ad showing how huge his book has become. It's clear to me that he got caught up in his own agenda, persona, ego, or whatever you'd like to call it. He never rejected the institutions but instead wanted to be accepted by the mainstream as an author and an intellectual.
My view of Peterson took a hard turn at a climactic point were he debated Matt Dillahunty, a very intelligent atheist, who does a good job of calling people out on their bad arguments. Peterson always danced the line of being open about his religious beliefs and saying they are simply archetypal ideas that he chooses to hold in the form of Catholicism. He does do extensive teaching on the Old Testament (a work I find very disturbing when viewed as a the blood god of sacrifice that must be worshiped even though he is all powerful, but that is another blog). Peterson did not do well in the exchange of ideas and ended up saying everyone believes in God even if they won't admit it. (I'm guessing he is referring to the god of the bible that he teaches on.) There are too many problems with this notion than I can get into now. At one point he said something to the effect of "the world is not governed by rules." This was tough to hear since his book is called 12 Rules for Life. Peterson was using the same tricks that the liberal media uses against him and that is bad form. You could see Peterson unraveling and you could see that his faith was not solid but looked to be weak enough that I was not surprised at all to hear he went to rehab in 2019 for a benzo addiction.
To see the debate go HERE
Peterson's fatal flaw is his inability to renounce pharmaceutical drugs. As a psychology professor he was a drug pusher, so he began to take them himself when distressed. Unfortunately, he was also on a full carnivore diet which is about as close to fasting as you can get while still eating. I've tried it and I will say that caffeine went from giving me moderate anxiety on a normal diet to giving me massive anxiety on the carnivore diet. The solution for me was to go off caffeine and back on carbs. I can only imagine the effects of opioids on full carnivore diet.
On Rogan Peterson was asked where do you see all this going, how does it end? His response was something along the lines of: not very well. I imagine he was already on pharmaceuticals at this point. His legacy is forever tarnished and it is almost worse having someone that said so much truth become a drug addict than to not have him say anything at all, because now his legacy can be spun to discredit all the truth he once shared. The only thing worse than no hero at all is a fallen hero.
As a former alcoholic, I hope that Peterson can fix himself. His camp is saying it is only a physical addition and not a mental one....not much responsibility as the Peterson machine is now bigger than the man. They seem to be pushing through in an attempt to keep this from being revealed for what it is: a man who relied on pharmaceutical drugs to cope with the pain of an ill wife and daughter, and the stress of a public position he put himself in. It's hard to come back from a medically induced coma. I wish him well. His attempt a fixing the world must have been exhausting.
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