Jordan Peterson and the Upside-Down

Welcome to the ‘monthly segment’ of the blog section of my website. This consists of a commentary on ideas, people, books, or films that I have explored in the past month. Not only will it help me digest what I have been interacting with, but I hope it will also make you more conscious and determining in what you consume, and how you view it.

October, 2019.

I finally got round to reading Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life. It was only released last year, but is very highly acclaimed, and I myself thoroughly enjoyed it. Jordan Peterson is a psychology professor from the University of Toronto, and he is a very articulate and grounded man. The book consists of a of a sprawling exploration of teachings, ranging from the subject at hand, life, to massive variety of philosophies and disciplines (casual and traditional). Key among these were religion and anthropology. It is quite difficult to summarize the book in any way, but fortunately for us, it’s split into 12 rules.

Rule 1: Stand up straight with you shoulders back.
Rule 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.
Rule 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you.
Rule 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Rule 5: Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.
Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).
Rule 8: Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie.
Rule 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.
Rule 10: Be precise in your speech.
Rule 11: Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
Rule 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

Also in terms of the book, I decided to leave my favorite quote from it below. This quote here is from the introductory chapter. “For the ancients, the discovery that different people have different ideas about how to, practically, live, did not paralyze them; it deepened their understanding of humanity and led to some of the most satisfying conversations human beings have ever had, about how life may be lived.” That’s about it for the book; I very highly recommend it, and even if you don’t get your hands on it, you can find more of his ideas on his podcast or the various interviews that are scattered around YouTube.

And second, I started and finished Stranger Things. For those of you that don’t know what this TV show is, it’s an American science fiction horror series created by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix. It’s set in a rich and vibrant “Hawkins,” Indiana, at the beginning of the 1980s. This setting alone, coupled with heavy fantasy and science fiction tropes, is a true marvel to explore, especially for someone like me, whose musical and cinematic tastes are heavily grounded in that decade. The show focuses around these four (later five then six) kids who have numerous encounters and experiences with this place called “the Upside-Down.” I’ll try not to give too much away (although it’s fairly obvious once you start watching), but it’s basically an alternate dimension, and there are various other extremely well-written characters that get roped into the story.

Yea, I can’t write any more without spoiling, but to be entirely honest, it’s probably the best show I have ever seen in my life. (I’m pointing more towards season one though.)

Among other things this month, I graduated high school (at last), and am also going to be recreating and expanding the video essays you can see listed in the Visual Media tab. Thank you for reading this article.

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