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!

Thoughts on: โ€œ12 Rules for Lifeโ€ by Jordan B. Peterson

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

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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?

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๐Ÿ“ Render the people you care about competent – not protected.

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๐Ÿ“ The poor and stressed always die first. โ€œWhen the aristocracy catches a cold the working class dies in pneumonia.โ€

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๐Ÿ“ Routine is necessary, the stuff we do everyday needs to be automatized into stable and reliable habits so that they gain reliability and lose complexity.

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๐Ÿ“ Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.

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๐Ÿ“ โ€œWhat you aim at determines what you seeโ€. Choose your aim carefully!

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๐Ÿ“ โ€œWhy does it so often seem to be the very people standing so visibly against prejudice who so often feel obligated to denounce humanity itself?โ€

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๐Ÿ“ โ€œAs hard as it is to believe, a patient adult can defeat a two year old.โ€

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๐Ÿ“ Donโ€™t blame your enemies, capitalism or the leftists. Donโ€™t reorganize the state until you have ordered your own experience! Set your house in perfect order before criticizing the world.

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โญ๏ธ Takeaway:

When I started reading this book we lay next to our son at bedtime until he had fallen asleep. This was not good. Now he goes to sleep alone after his bedtime story. He is now a more competent and independent being. Me and my wife has more time together in the evening. We are a stronger family now. This is good.

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Don’t let the title fool you, this is not a cheap self-help book. Not even close. This comes from a man that has been thinking thoroughly. I might not agree with all his conclusions but the least I can do is to follow Rule 9 and “assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t”. Loved it!

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5/5

 

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