Professor Jordan Peterson is a fellow-psychologist from the University of Toronto who has achieved fame (and enmity) recently for speaking up about the grit that’s needed in modern society – And in a country like Canada, that leans strongly toward Marxism/Liberal doctrines for the country’s operating philosophy, saying something like this is considered both outrageous and completely “gutsy.”
Dr. Peterson has established his Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos in a recent book and lectures both in person and on YouTube on the topic. He relentlessly maintains that the “hierarchical structure of society” is hard-wired into human nature and therefore inevitable. He says that young men and women (but especially men) tend to be healthy and productive only when they have found their place working their way up a hierarchy they respect. When they fail to do so they become rudderless and sick, worthless to those around them, sometimes aimlessly violent. (I’m paraphrasing the article about Peterson, recently published in the WSJ.) This sense of rudderless and uselessness is portrayed most vividly in my life and that of my family by observing a (now, not-so-young) man who lives next door to us with his mother – he’s never held a viable job and continues to flap in the breeze with childish pursuits like running toy cars around the driveway, tinkering-yet-never-fixing real cars that he acquires with money from his mother and then stacks up in the driveway and on their property. In other words, aimless and childish pursuits. The mother continually champions him, reporting that “he’s just about to get a wonderful internship, etc etc . . .” He’s our local equivalent of the man whose parents recently filed suit to have him removed from their house. And, why is this happening – why is it that we have aimless and now aging youth without guideposts in their life and that make up a significant portion of the Millennial generation? Principally, of course, it’s because parents, as Peterson says, have been reluctant to do the difficult task of parenting – He says, “When a father disciplines his son he interferes with the boy’s freedom, painfully forcing him into accepted patterns of behavior and thought. But if the father does not take such action, he merely lets his son remain Peter Pan, the eternal boy.” And there we have it – we have a generation, at least – and possibly more – that is made up of a good portion of rudderless young people, eternal boys (and sometimes girls) whose parents have subscribed to the ridiculous notion advanced by “modern” educators that to discipline them will “break their little spirits.” What utter nonsense – instead, we’re breaking them for their entire lifetimes by not applying needed discipline when they are young. It’s time to face up to life’s realities – and, possibly, it’s even becoming fashionable – Jordan Peterson is very popular these days.