Revisiting 12 Rules for Life: Pet a Cat When You Encounter One on the Street

Note: This is a repost of a blog series that I started in January 2018. Because this was prior to the blog being syndicated on PeakD, and it was some of my most-viewed content on the old blog. I’m going to be editing these slightly, but I’m also going to be adding my own thoughts as I re-read what I wrote. You can find the original post here.

Wrapping up the 12th chapter of Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Amazon Affiliate link) feels a little surreal, because I’ve now been going through it for almost a month. It’s been a long journey, and I’ve been trying to apply some of the tips that Peterson gives to my life.

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Jordan Peterson’s Beyond Order: Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens. (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 last part of the chapter on abandoning ideology.

Today I’m looking at the chapter on using effort to get what you want. As expected, it starts simple, but Peterson quickly takes it in novel directions.

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Revisiting 12 Rules for Life: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding

Note: This is a repost of a blog series that I started in January 2018. Because this was prior to the blog being syndicated on PeakD, and it was some of my most-viewed content on the old blog. I’m going to be editing these slightly, but I’m also going to be adding my own thoughts as I re-read what I wrote. You can find the original post here.

For those of us just joining me, I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Amazon Affiliate link). The core lesson in the 11th chapter of Peterson’s book is a little different from the title, and I’ll probably spend more time trying to unpack the points rather than giving a blow-by-blow of Peterson’s argumentation.

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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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Revisiting 12 Rules for Life: Be Precise in Your Speech

Note: This is a repost of a blog series that I started in January 2018. Because this was prior to the blog being syndicated on PeakD, and it was some of my most-viewed content on the old blog. I’m going to be editing these slightly, but I’m also going to be adding my own thoughts as I re-read what I wrote. You can find the original post here.

For those of us just joining me, I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Amazon Affiliate link). Moving into Peterson’s tenth chapter, the focus on honesty continues; this time with a focus on using precise language to simplify problems so that they can be solved.

Peterson starts this chapter with an overview of how we form concepts; people form concepts based on a sort of emotional utility, not on form and function, as much as we would like it to be the latter. Peterson uses the example of electronics: people will get rid of old electronics, even if they still function perfectly, because they do not do what we grow to expect electronics to do based on our perceptions of others’ devices and what we see in advertisements, life, or opportunities.

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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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Revisiting 12 Rules for Life: Assume that the Person You’re Listening to Might Know Something You Don’t

Note: This is a repost of a blog series that I started in January 2018. Because this was prior to the blog being syndicated on PeakD, and it was some of my most-viewed content on the old blog. I’m going to be editing these slightly, but I’m also going to be adding my own thoughts as I re-read what I wrote. You can find the original post here.

For those of us just joining me, I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Amazon Affiliate link).

One of the things that Peterson notes of many of his patients is that they are profoundly lonely; this, of course, is not necessarily surprising: people who pursue a clinical psychologist tend to do so only after exhausting all other options (which is a shame, and not universal across cultures and personality types, but I’m going to avoid going too far into my opinion on the importance of having someone trustworthy for counsel).

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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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Revisiting 12 Rules for Life: Tell the Truth– Or, At Least, Don’t Lie (Part 2)

Note: This is a repost of a blog series that I started in January 2018. Because this was prior to the blog being syndicated on PeakD, and it was some of my most-viewed content on the old blog. I’m going to be editing these slightly, but I’m also going to be adding my own thoughts as I re-read what I wrote. You can find the original post here.

For those of us just joining me, I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Amazon Affiliate link). This overview focuses on his chapter about avoiding lies. Check out the first part if you missed it.

The chapter has focused on the reasons to avoid lying, and Peterson makes a bold but intriguing claim that’s worth exploring on its own.

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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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