for Life: An Antidote to chaos
current bestselling, self-help book world-wide, is by Dr Jordon Peterson titled
12 Rules for Life.
is taking the world by storm, especially with younger generations. It is a book that offers some great wisdom on
how to live our lives. It does not claim
to be a religious book in any sense. However its very core is grounded on a
summary of two aspects of the teachings of Jesus.
aspect is of the teaching of Jesus which is often referred to as the Golden Rule - Do onto others as you would have them
do to you.
aspect is an articulation of the virtues as
taught by Jesus:
theological virtues being: Faith,
Hope and Love.
cardinal virtues being: Fortitude.
Justice, Prudence and Temperance.
Peterson does a great job of setting this teaching in a modern sociological context
and expressing it in modern language.
Foreword by Norman Doidge:
the years, (former) Harvard and (current) University of Toronto professor and
clinical psychologist, Dr. Peterson has developed what he believes to be a
definitive set of rules for leading a successful and fulfilling life.
conceived of with 40 rules, Peterson has condensed them into a well thought
out, manageable list of 12 total rules that he shares in this book.
believes strongly in truth telling, human hierarchy and gender roles. He believes that suffering is an inevitable
aspect of life, that we can usher in heaven or hell on earth and that people
have it within themselves to create order out of chaos.
also worth noting that this is an aggressive, in-your-face kind of Self-Help
book — one which he packages and presents as the intersection of ancient wisdom and scientific research.
of the ancient wisdom seems to come from religious scripture, while the
scientific research serves as a way to back up the beliefs the author already
holds near to his heart. Nonetheless
however—regardless of whether you consider yourself religious, un-religious, or
somewhere in between—this is a powerful book that can help you develop a higher sense of self-discipline and self-reliance.