12 Rules for Life:
Antidote to Chaos
The current bestselling,
self-help book world-wide, is a book by
Dr Jordon Peterson titled 12 Rules for Life:
This book 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.
The first 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.
The second aspect is an
articulation of the Virtues as taught by
The theological virtues being: Faith, Hope and Love
The cardinal virtues being: Fortitude. Justice, Prudence& Temperance
Dr Peterson does a great job of
setting this teaching in a modern sociological context and expressing it in
Foreword by Norman Doidge:
Over the years, (former) Harvard and (current)
University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B.
Peterson has developed what he believes to be a definitive set of rules for
leading a successful and fulfilling life.
Originally 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.
He 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.
It’s also worth noting that this is an aggressive,
in-your-face kind of Self-Help book — one which he packages and presents as
of ancient wisdom and scientific research.
Much 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 and dear 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.