Dr. Jordan Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. It’s no exaggeration to suggest that Peterson’s teachings and activism have already earned him a place in history as one of the most courageous and important thinkers of our time. His areas of study include abnormal, social and personality psychology(1), with significant interest in the psychology of religious belief, the biblical stories(2) as well as the assessment and improvement of personal performance. (3)
Jordan Peterson grew up in Fairview, Alberta. He earned a B.A. degree in political science in 1982 and a degree in psychology in 1984. Both degrees were from the University of Alberta, and following this Peterson went on to earn his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University in 1991. After moving to Massachussets a few years following his work at McGill University, Peterson worked as an assistant and associate professor in the psychology department at Harvard University. In 1998, he moved to Toronto and began working at the University of Toronto as a full professor. In 1999 he published his first book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, which examined the role of beliefs and myths in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning and motivation for genocide. (4)(5)(6) Jordan Peterson’s second book, 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was published in January 2018.
Let the Controversy Begin
Jordan Peterson’s rise to fame began in 2016 when he received substantial media coverage after publishing a series of videos on his YouTube channel criticizing political correctness and the Canadian government’s Bill C-16.
In late 2017, his career as a professor was in serious jeopardy after stirring massive controversy surrounding a number of human rights issues and attempted freedom of speech violations by Bill C-16.
As the situation unfolded, the university stood alongside Peterson, defending and supporting his right to freedom of speech. To this day he continues lecturing as a professor and psychologist with the goal of reducing suffering in the world.
Fighting for Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech isn’t free: It must be carefully guarded by an informed and commanding public ready to fight for their freedom at a moment’s notice. Without vigilant minds and the courage to speak the truth, governments and politicians will quickly take freedom of speech away, or in the case of Bill C-16, force you to speak in ways you may or may not want to. Dr. Peterson has done some incredible work defending the freedom of speech of Canadians, which was on trial in 2017.
At the senate hearings for bill C-16 in May 2017, Jordan Peterson took to the stand and systematically took apart the proposed law for all of its inconsistencies and complete lack of logic. It’s a good thing we had somebody as articulate as Peterson to do so because he basically made a fool of Ontario senator Ratna Omidvar. See the video below to watch the destruction of stupidity.
‘Don’t Let Them Provoke You’
The senate hearings above weren’t the only example of Dr. Peterson boldly standing for the truth. Also in early 2017, Peterson travelled to McMaster University to give a talk on freedom of speech, and low and behold, a rabid group of tyrannical ‘activists’ crashed the party and tried to literally drown him out so he couldn’t speak.
If you truly believe somebody is wrong, then let them speak and it will be obvious. Instead, these people have the insane impression that by not letting somebody speak will somehow force them to think their way. It’s absolute madness.
Peterson’s response again here was incredible. With his monk-like calm he sat there waiting patiently despite all the commotion. He assured the people who were actually there to learn calmly through the microphone that this wasn’t a bad thing and reminded them that this video would be on youtube for hundreds of thousands to soon see.
Once outside, near the end of the following video clip, while protected by a ring of people insulating Dr. Peterson from the angry mob, Peterson said in another stroke of genius:
“Let the unreasonable opposition speak, because then they will manifest themselves as unreasonable for everyone to hear. That’s part of the reason why you want freedom of speech.”
Dr. Jordan Peterson: A Role Model for Humankind
Peterson is a role model for both men and women and if we follow his example of courageous and unapolagetic truth-telling, the evils of the world will vanish before our eyes and we will redeem ourselves from hell on earth. Peterson leads by example. Listening to him speak. Like tens of thousands of people across the world, his work has catalyzed profound changes in my life and ultimately made me a better person for it.
One of Peterson’s recommendations is to become more articulate with your speech and says there’s nothing more powerful than somebody who is bold enough to tell the truth and simultaneously wellspoken. No matter what the consequences, or what somebody might say in response, always speak the truth. This mentality and bold honesty has and continues to ignite a revolution in the minds of people both young and old. It’s this mode of being that will allow us to solve many of the world’s problems and fortify a better world for future generations.
“The enemy is a cloud, it’s a cloud of gnats. They’re only courageous in groups. If you stand your ground and don’t apologize and articulate yourself they’ll disperse around you like they’re not even there.”
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- “Profile”. ResearchGate. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
- Tucker, Jason; VandenBeukel, Jason (December 1, 2016). “‘We’re teaching university students lies’ – An interview with Dr Jordan Peterson”. C2C Journal.
- “Meaning Conference”. International Network on Personal Meaning. July 2016.
- McCord, Joan (2004). Beyond Empiricism: Institutions and Intentions in the Study of Crime. Transaction Publishers. p. 178.
- Ellens, J. Harold (2004). The Destructive Power of Religion: Models and cases of violence in religion. Praeger. p. 346.
- Gregory, Erik M.; Rutledge, Pamela B. (2016). Exploring Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Well-Being. ABC-CLIO. p. 154.
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