Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 6: Reject ideology. (Part 2)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the first part of the chapter for this rule. This new chapter focuses on the idea of ideology.

One thing that I find interesting about Peterson’s approach here is that he’s not as strict with the definition of ideology as one might think and he devotes relatively little effort to naming ideologies–he specifically focuses on Freud and Marx, though more to show the consequences of certain ways of thinking rather than as a particular critique of either.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 6: Reject ideology. (Part 1)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the chapter dedicated to the fifth rule. This new chapter focuses on the idea of ideology.

As expected from Peterson, who has given this subject a great deal of thought, there are lots of interesting and novel ideas, even for someone who is familiar with a lot of his source materials and the general field of study. He takes a very humble tone about his own abilities, but there’s a reason he’s so popular and it’s the intellectual caliber he brings to this sort of thing.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 5: Do not do what you hate. (Part 2)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the first half of the chapter dedicated to the fifth rule, and this is the second part to follow it.

As I mentioned previously, this is a shorter chapter, but I think there’s a lot to discuss so I broke it down in two parts. Right now part of the section that this overview covers is the excerpt over on the Beyond Order Amazon store page, and I’m willing to bet that they chose it as an exemplar because it’s a very interesting and powerful piece.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 5: Do not do what you hate. (Part 1)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the chapter dedicated to the fourth rule.

Even though this is a much shorter chapter, I’m continuing my practice of splitting each chapter into halves for the sake of analysis. This should be fine, because there’s a lot to think about in this chapter.

In fact, this chapter has something of an intimate connection to me because I think that this, above all, is one of Peterson’s teachings that I latched on to from previous exposure to his lectures and it’s interesting to see him expand on it.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 4: Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated. (Part 2)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the first half of the chapter dedicated to the fourth rule, and this is the second part to follow it.

I felt somewhat disconnected as I went through the second half of this chapter. I don’t know if it’s Peterson’s fault or the fact that I had too much on my plate last week and I’ve been writing these sections a few days after I read, so almost a whole week had passed between reading the first half of this chapter and the second.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 4: Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated. (Part 1)

I’ve been working through Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order (Amazon affiliate link), breaking down each chapter into halves so I can give each a fair treatment. I just finished the second half of the chapter dedicated to the third rule, and now I’ve gotten into the fourth rule.

As usual, Peterson builds elegantly on previous concepts and ideas when he moves into the next section, but I found this chapter to be much more in a different vein than the others. The mythological analogies are familiar if you’ve read Maps of Meaning, but he moves into Abraham and Horus as his focal points for this chapter.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 3: Do not hide unwanted things in the fog. (Part 2)

I’ve been breaking down the chapters of Beyond Order by doing a deep dive on each half of the chapter, but I’m going to start off today by rehashing some stuff from yesterday that I couldn’t quite get around to in the time I had.

Near the end of the first part of this reflection (read here), I was talking about the role of self-deception and how that process works, and how one can achieve essentially infinite self-deception by achieving a feedback loop of conscious and unconscious actions that contribute to life in unreality.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 3: Do not hide unwanted things in the fog. (Part 1)

Continuing my series on Beyond Order, I’m going over the first half of the chapter containing the third rule. You can read the previous part here. I’ve been breaking down the chapters into halves so that I can give a deep overview of my thoughts on each and not become overwhelmed by length while doing so, but this is a shorter chapter.

I think it’s also part of Peterson’s theories of the mind that he’s never explained this way before, though I’ve heard similar theories from other people and it’s loosely tied to his idea that you should give problems names. There’s a distinct twist on that idea in this chapter, though.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 2: Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that. (Part 2)

Continuing my series on Beyond Order, I’m going over the second half of the chapter containing the second rule. You can read the previous part here. I didn’t do a great job at actually breaking the chapter down equally, so I actually just have like a third of the chapter in this deep dive, but it was a part of the text that I highlighted pretty heavily as I went through because it was interesting.

This part of Beyond Order draws heavily on Peterson’s Maps of Meaning (both Amazon affiliate links), though it also treads new grounds. I’m not sure how much of this stems from Peterson’s recent experiences and how much of it comes from a different analytical lens toward his source material, but I enjoyed this chapter more than any other part of Peterson’s writing except perhaps portions of Maps of Meaning.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order Rule 2: Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that. (Part 1)

Yesterday I did an exploration of the first chapter of Beyond Order, Jordan Peterson’s follow-up book to 12 Rules for Life. You can read it here. I’ve made the executive decision that in the future I’m probably going to split each of these into two parts, because I have a lot of other things that I need to be focusing on simultaneously and part of the point of this series is to take a deep dive into the book. Also, WordPress was slowing down as I was wrapping up yesterday, which turned the writing process a tad painful.

I’m reading the Kindle version (Amazon affiliate link), and I’ve been enjoying the experience. I’m not sure what exactly it is, but it seems like the layout and formatting of Beyond Order was done to a much higher standard than most other Kindle books in a way that I can’t quite explain. It’s slick on my tablet.

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