12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson

Posted by Amanda McKenzie
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12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson

The only knock I have on this book is that the title is a gross oversimplification that leads certain skeptics to the delusional conclusion that this is some sort of self-help book. These rules are laid out with evidence from evolutionary biology, psychological research, and a deep grasp of history and literature. Each rule connects to a primordial part of our nature that humanity rejects in an attempt to create its own value structure. Dr. Peterson makes the Jungian case that humans can't create their own values, instead we must look inside ourselves for an understanding of Being. He relies on the great myths of Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, as an explanation for truths that are not subjective to human experience because they are bound to a deeper level of our psyche.
Objective truths bind a society on a deeper level than subjective opinion. Dr. Peterson gives simple rules that can objectively apply to people in all circumstances. That is a breath of fresh air.