For most people aware of a “red pill” community, the name Jordan Peterson is familiar. Hated by some, revered by others, he is controversial, and has been making waves. Among many men, he has been sold as this icon (read: idol) of manliness. A lot of his success can be attributed to the “red pill” and “MGTOW” communities, although there seems to be some parting of the way with Peterson and MGTOW. Unfortunately, Peterson has become popular in the Christian community, a result of Peterson’s work, which includes using Bible stories to peddle psychology. Even Peterson’s academic associate of 20+ years is warning of him.
As a Christian, it is important to say this very clearly. Jordan Peterson is not a Christian. He does not believe the Bible, he does not believe in Jesus Christ, and he denies numerous Christian doctrines. If you read him and listen to him, he makes that very clear. Furthermore, his world view is not Christian, and I wonder if it is compatible with Christian teaching at all. His views of the Bible, and the stories found within it, are very flawed. He obsesses over pagan myths and archetypes, as well as dark forces in nature (see his quotes below). He is as secular and atheist as they come, and despite having knowledge of the Bible, is as blind as they come. Peterson says of the bible that it “has been thrown up, out of the deep, by the collective human imagination, which is itself a product of unimaginable forces operating over unfathomable spans of time.” 12 Rules for Life P. 104. Jordan is blind, and is trying to lead the blind. “If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:14.
It is important to disclaim that I am not trashing every lesson from his book (I did throw his book away). I am saying that overall, Peterson is a salesman, selling himself. He is not the answer, his ideas are not new, and Christians should beware. If you are a fan of his, read his book, and pay careful attention to what Peterson says about himself. “I found myself subject to some rather violent compulsions … and developed the conviction, in consequence, that I really knew rather little about who I was and what I was up to.” P. 205. “I soon came to realize that almost everything I said was untrue.” Id.
What people don’t realize is that Peterson isn’t saying anything that profound – he is mostly a parrot of Carl Jung, regurgitating and repackaging older theories. It is his politically incorrect application of those theories that is novel. Well, that is when he isn’t contradicting himself on bullies (calling for Kavanaugh to resign regardless of the truth, when Peterson says “people are bullied because they wont fight back”). Also ignore the fact that Peterson is represented by CAA, an organization that proudly stands behind everything Peterson claims to be against.
Why Did I become So Concerned?
On the Joe Rogan podcast, Peterson, along with his daughter, were both separately interviewed. I learned something incredibly disturbing: Peterson put his own children on SSRI’s at an incredibly young age. Well, so what, you may ask? What is wrong with a clinician, who suffers from extreme depression and dark thoughts, who puts his children on incredibly dangerous medications, and who later adopt the same illnesses and personalities as ½ of their biological parents? A whole lot. (It should go without saying in the Red Pill community that most who study psychology are nutty in general). Keep in mind that Peterson said he once stayed awake for thirty days straight. And his daughter was “miraculously cured” as a kid when she received 10X her dose of etanercept (despite the fact that she is still working to control those issues today). Sadly, his own daughter is a female version of him- in forms of antics, speech, presentation, etc.
I have a lot of sympathy for those with autoimmune diseases, and special conditions, and have more reason for that sympathy than most Peterson readers will ever have. It’s my personal experience that suggests something is way off here, or he is using his own daughter’s story to sell his message.
When I learned Peterson would drug his own kids with potent medication, I became concerned that Peterson was way off, so I turned back to his book, 12 Rules for Life, to see what I missed. Quite frankly, I found the book to be somewhat disturbing. His book now sits in my trash can.
People need to ask: what are Jordan Peterson’s motives for his modern crusade? His target audience seems to be young males: his lobster illustrations in the first two chapters of his book indicate women have no moral agency over their life anyways, and thus males should be the big bad lobster on the ocean floor. While that is a harsh statement against his book, I can’t sum up the first two chapters in any other way- the chapters are that ridiculous. I guess his core message is that the world is chaotic, you must fight it, and that you must sacrifice, because God (whom Peterson doesn’t believe in) demands it. P. 169.
12 Rules for Life is mostly pop-psychology self-help nonsense that can be found on most grocery store aisles. Some of the material is interesting, and may be useful. However, the material that is good isn’t unique to Jordan Peterson’s opinion. He is selling the summation of the work of others, to peddle his own agenda: himself. “You can use words to manipulate the world into delivering what you want.” 209. The message behind his agenda is “the individual must be constrained, moulded – even brought close to destruction- by a restrictive, coherent disciplinary structure, before he or she can act freely and competently.” P. 192. I think his motives stem from page 4 of his book, where talking about birds and hierarchies, “a third bird, an undamaged, canny bystander, can move in, opportunistically, and defeat the now crippled victor. That is not at all a good deal for the first two birds.”
My Marginal Attempt at Outlining His Book
I was going to outline his book, but had to stop. Here are my notes on a few of his chapters. Chapter 1 is ridiculous.
Chapter 1: Stand up straight withyour shoulders back. (everything is a dominance hierarchy)
Lessons: Lobsters exist. Chickens live communally, songbirds don’t. More lobsters. Lobsters fight. Peterson views himself as a lobster. “Anyone who has experienced a painful transformation after a serious defeat in romance or career may feel some sense of kinship with the once successful crustacean.”Pg. 7. Women breed like lobsters. You need serotonin. Lobsters.
All of that to say: Accept responsibility. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward. Produce serotonin.
Chapter 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.
Chaos is the domain of ignorance. Chaos is eternally feminine. (pareto distribution on women being attracted to only as mall subset of men). He goes deep into symbology, a very dangerous and demonic subject (quite frankly, that is Peterson’s entire field of study: demonology).
Peterson is obsessed about confronting his inner evil. “And no one understands the darkness of the individual better than the individual himself.” “Perhaps man is something that should never have been. Perhaps the world should even be cleansed of all human presence, so that Being and consciousness could return to the innocent brutality of the animal. I believe that the person who claims never to have wished for such a thing has neither consulted his memory nor confronted his darkest fantasies.” P. 55.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.