Jordan Peterson on the current state of The West
The title of this post is a misnomer, but I have been trying to understand what’s been happening in both the European Union and the United Kingdom during the past few years, while at the same time trying to get to grips with the numerous talks, lecture series, and writings of Jordan Peterson who, in my opinion, seems to bring a deeper analysis to current events even though it doesn’t seem to be his aim to address them in particular. Could it be that we need the analysis and opinion of great thinkers like those mentioned by Jordan Peterson below. I have found Jordan Peterson’s comments very insightful, and his remarks on the Biblical Series XI: Sodom and Gomorrah, in particular, inspired me to make this posting.
“There aren’t that many ways of doing things right, and there’s a lot of ways of doing things wrong, and if you do things wrong the consequences of doing them wrong can be truly catastrophic. One of the things I learned from reading Viktor Frankl first, but then Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who I think did a deeper job, was that they and Vaclav Havel thought the same thing. That these people were very much trying to understand what happened in places like Nazi Germany and in the Soviet Union. So [The Gulag Archipelago?] is a particularly good analysis of what happened in the Soviet Union, and his conclusion – and it’s a 2,100 page conclusion – and it’s hammered home with a hammer. It’s a book that everyone should read, assuming that you can read a 2,100 page screen because that’s basically what it is. First of all, what he does is document just how terrible things were in the Soviet Union between 1919 and 1959, and no matter how terrible you think they were, unless you know the stories. They were a lot more terrible than that, and they were terrible personally because everyone lied. They were terrible in families because two out of five were [in the pay of?] “government and farmers”. They were terrible among friends because no one could tell each other the truth, and they were terrible socially because the whole system was corrupted. [There was?] slave labour, and they were terrible philosophically because the doctrine of man upon which the state was founded was hopeless and nihilistic, and they were murderous, destructive and genocidal. It’s like they got it wrong at every single level of analysis simultaneously, and the question is why Solzhenitsyn’s answer and to some degree Victor Frankel’s answer, as well and Vaclav Havel and I would say also Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. They all they all ended up in the same conceptual sphere and the answer was because individual people lived crooked lives because individual people swallowed lies and spoke them and didn’t stand up for the truth and the corruption that spread from each individual, which pulled the entire state mechanism into that corruption and made everything into hell.”