Favorite Books of the Year 2018: โ€œ12 Rules for Lifeโ€ – Jordan Peterson

Life is suffering. How do we deal with that?! We face it, we bare it. Hell is a bottomless pit and in spite of how fucked up and unfair things are, we still can make it even worse. Let’s not do that! What if we instead get our act together and prepare ourselves to face suffering when it comes knocking? Thatโ€™s the better path. And we all know where we fall short.

Peterson puts the responibility of all the world and all of it’s suffering on the individual. “If we all lived properly, we will collectively flurish.โ€ If we put ourselves in order, maybe we will do the same to the world?

๐Ÿ“ โ€œAim up, pay attention, fix what you can and donโ€™t be arrogant in your knowledge , strive for humility, be aware of your weaknesses. Consider the murderousness of your own being before condemn and judge others. Maybe you missed the mark? And most importantly, donโ€™t lie! Lying is the path to hell.โ€

The book is fantastic, but maybe more importantly – it led me to examine the world of Jungian psychology – and what a wonderful rabbit hole it is to dive into!Leading me books like these:

๐Ÿ“– Man and his symbols

๐Ÿ“– King, Warrior, Magician, Lover

๐Ÿ“– Demian (kinda related..)

๐Ÿ“– Women Who Run With with the Wolves

Read the full list of favorites or check out previous lists right here!

Are you Man Enough? Thoughts on: KING WARRIOR MAGICIAN LOVER

Do we face a crisis in masculine identity? This books claims thatโ€™s the case. The disintegration of traditional family systems being one reason – but itโ€™s not whole story.

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There are two other factors:

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Lack of initiation into manhood leaves modern society to a dominance of Boy psychology.

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The other factor is patriarchy which is the expression of the immature masculine. What today is called patriarchy is really โ€œpuerarcyโ€ (I.e the rule of boys) – like Lord of the flies! An expression of boy psychology and the shadow (crazy) side of mature masculinity. The authors see patriarchy as an attack on both masculinity and femininity in its fullest. Boys fear women and boys fear real men.

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So how do we deal with this? In lack of rituals we have to each find our own way to Man psychology and thatโ€™s the purpose of the book. To help us on our way by showing how to access the mature masculine energies.

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๐Ÿ“ For initiation rituals to work there needs to be a death. Effective, transformative initiation slays the ego. This is not the case for our modern initiations (I.e military, criminal gangs).

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๐Ÿ“ The Patriarchal male does not welcome full masculine and feminine development. The more beauty, maturity, creativity and generativity we display the more envy, and hate we generate in superiors and peers.

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๐Ÿ“ King, Warrior, Magician, Lover being the dominant masculine archetypes. We have all archetypes within us. Like board members we need to make all of them heard.

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๐Ÿ“ We can only admire others if we have a sense of our own worthiness.

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๐Ÿ“ Kings in the ancient world was often ritually killed when their ability to live out the King archetype began to fail.

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๐Ÿ“ If we are not secure enough in our inner structure, we will rely on our performance in the outer world to bolster our self confidence.

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TAKEAWAY:

By learning about the archetypes and their shadow versions we can assess them in ourself. I have a hard time imagining anyone reading this book without getting an aha- moment for sudden insights, whether itโ€™s about yourself or people around you. Loved it!

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I posted my full notes on my site. (LINK IN BIO.)

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5/5

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Archetype are you most aligned with?

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