[September 9, 2023] A cursory read of my daily blog will lead you to quickly discover that much of my work is heavily influenced by Dr. Jordan Peterson. His work is most helpful to ordinary people because he has a coherent, positive message on living a meaningful life. You can read his “42 Rules for Life” here and see for yourself. There are a few people, primarily those who are radical political leftists, who hate him.
In November of 2022, a Canadian professional psychology organization, The Ontario College of Psychologists, ordered Dr. Peterson to complete an “education or remedial program regarding professionalism and public statements.” Peterson rejected their demand, as he had the legal right to do and appealed in court. Last week, three judges unanimously rejected his appeal and ordered him to pay the college $25,000.
According to Konstantin Kisin (see link here), Dr. Peterson’s treatment is “highly symptomatic of where we are as a culture.” Kisin is referring to Western culture in general and specifically Canadian culture. This was in particular apparent when Dr. Peterson first became a public figure.
Again, according to Kisin, the main argument against Peterson is that most of his audience are men, so that must mean he is somehow misogynistic, encourages violence, and is evil in his intent. When questioned about this, Dr. Peterson said that his message was not explicitly aimed at young men; “it just turned out that way” because they long for his message of a meaningful life.
It has become abundantly clear that those who hold power in the West want men to be weak, incompetent, and feeble. The problem, as Kisin points out, is that by doing so, “they’re sowing the seeds of their own and our entire society’s downfall.” When you attack masculinity, it will backfire. It makes us vulnerable to cultures that raise men to be strong and capable. Suppressing healthy masculinity leads to unhealthy expressions of masculinity.
Dr. Peterson talks about the proper expression of masculinity and reminds them of what it means: adopting responsibility, duty, sacrifice, courage, and honor. For this, he was attacked repeatedly by journalists, academics, and politicians, primarily female, who claimed he was divisive and toxic for telling men to be better. They are trying to ruin his career for it.
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