Mondays of Meaning

July 26, 2021 | Dr Jordan B. Peterson
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On The Dreadful Inescapability of Conscience

We hold ourselves personally responsible for the decisions that we have made, or failed to have made, and the actions we have undertaken, or failed to have undertaken, as if we had a choice in the matter—and no matter how sophisticated the rationalizations we might generate to account for our failures, we find it very difficult for our consciences to be quelled by explanations that remove from us our sense of moral culpability and responsibility. 

In the light of day, we might be narcissistically certain of the correctness of our actions or inactions.

In the dark of the night, however, when sleep will not come, or suddenly vanishes, we find ourselves confronted by doubt and uncertainty and shame and guilt and fear and apprehension, and we torture ourselves: did we do the right thing?

And it is very difficult to account for this self-accusation, as it does not seem so much something we choose (as if we would choose to experience involuntary guilt and shame and doubt) as something that is an inevitable consequence of a poor decision—particularly if we knew when we made the decision that we were taking the easy way out. 

Monday Reflections

​"It took untold generations to get you where you are. A little gratitude might be in order." (Share this on Twitter)

"Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care with yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your being." (Share this on Twitter)

"Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today." (Share this on Twitter)

This Week On The Podcast

Death, Disease, and Politics | Dr. Randy Thornhill | The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast - S4: E38
Dr. Jordan Peterson sits down with Dr. Randy Thornhill to discuss his findings on attractiveness including cryptic female choice, symmetry, carotenoid pigments, and the characteristics of attractiveness.

Dr. Randy Thornhill:

"Average faces are more attractive than non-average, however average is not the most attractive face. The most attractive face deviates from average in predictable ways."

How To Organise Your Life For Success | Jordan B. Peterson​​

Jordan B. Peterson:

“Here's how to use a schedule. Use a calendar. Use Google calendar. But don't use it as a tyrant. You want to use your calendar as if it's your confidant and advisor."

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1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

2. Treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible for helping.

3. Make friends with people who want the best for you.

4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.

5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)."

8. Tell the truth — or, at least, don’t lie.

9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.

10. Be precise in your speech.

11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

Thank you for reading, 

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
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