I’m not sure why there’s so much animosity towards Jordan Peterson in this thread… is there something about the sport of cycling that is somehow antithetical to what JP preaches in his books/lectures?
I can understand not agreeing with his opinions, but what’s up with the cheap shots? The dude’s wife (of 30+ years) was given a terminal cancer diagnosis while he was already undoubtedly weighed down from the intense pressure of doing everything he does as a professor, psychologist, author, public speaker, etc. Mix that together with the fact that some people are just genetically predisposed to drug dependence or alcoholism and, unfortunately, his health ended up collapsing.
I guess maybe people like you are better at “dealing with life’s struggles”… or maybe you believe that individuals with drug/alcohol problems aren’t deserving of sympathy? Either way, I hope that you don’t ever have a child or family member who suffers from severe psychiatric illness.
@Ian_carson, if JP’s lectures speak to you and fuel you to become a better version of yourself, then more power to you—who cares what others think…
I interpret the essence of JP’s philosophy is as follows:
- Life is difficult and dealing with challenging situations is inevitable.
- With that said, you may as well embrace responsibility for your life and undertake burdens that are meaningful to you as an individual.
- It’s certainly a much better alternative to choose your own burdens than it is to let the world and others dictate what should be important to you.
I don’t know… that all sounds pretty reasonable and practical to me.
But, as with all philosophy (whether modern or ancient, Eastern or Western, Peterson or whoever else you enjoy reading, etc.), the real value lies in interpreting things through the lens of your own life. Rather than just passively consuming JP’s material, I’d encourage you to ‘study’ it and always ask how the lessons might transfer to your own idiosyncratic life experience.
In my case, I’ve become a far more dedicated and driven athlete since discovering JP. I’ve learned to really embrace the challenge of training, and I’ve made it a personal responsibility to treat my training as something that is central to my growth as a person. This mindset has made training far more enjoyable, rewarding, and productive!