Is Dr. Jordan Peterson a post-modern Messiah?
Many people I talk to haven’t even heard of him, yet he seems to have become an accidental messiah to whole generation of youths.
For those who don’t know who he is, let me give you a brief description. Dr. Peterson is a Canadian professor of psychology. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological beliefs.
He approaches religion in a very different way to most— from a more psychological and almost rational view, similar to Jung. In fact, much of what he says is based on Jung’s teachings.
Gary Lachman, in his book Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, describes Jung as a mystic figure.
Is Dr. Peterson a mystic?
Dr. Peterson started recording his lectures and posting them on Youtube around 5 years ago. In these videos he talks extensively about the psychological significance of the Bible scriptures, and how we can learn from them and apply them to our lives. He brings forth some interesting points and takes the Bible from its almost neanderthal and outdated position to a more modern one.
Most people seem to be of the opinion that the Bible was written just to serve the people of that time. This is not true.
Although Dr. Peterson digresses — A lot. He always seems to get back on track and bring us back to the main point in question. However, for some that might not be so easy to follow . ( Maybe that is why many people seem to ‘speed read’ his book, 12 Rules for Life.)
His videos are interesting and the shifting tones in his voice are euphonious, almost melodic. The lectures themselves are not monotone and dull, they are lively, inspiring and full of dark humor. :)
“Far too many people re-quote the Bible without really ever seeing what it says for themselves. I often think that this might include priests.”
When I was a kid, I went to a Church of England school, and every holiday we were dragged — one time literally, I have the scar to prove it — to church.
Which was conveniently next door.
I could never understand what the priest was saying. I don’t even think I cared, non of us did. The church was always cold and unwelcoming, the seats hard and the religious figures, just damn scary. The priest was the one holding the key to understanding, and yet, he had no clear ability in transmitting that message.
Dr. Peterson has managed to bring religion into a different light — and now, many people (not just men) are starting to go to church, read the Bible and actually look into Bible for themselves to see just what it says.
Far too many people re-quote the Bible without really ever seeing what it says for themselves. I often think that this might include priests.
The popularity of his book, 12 Rules for Life and his interview with Kathy Newman, really brought him into the limelight.The famous interview where he infuriated viewers , mostly women, with his opinions, incorrectly interpreted by Kathy Newman.
According to Newman, afterwards, she received a number of threats from enraged Peterson…fans?
Not quite sure how to categorize them.
Without doubt, some of Peterson’s followers seem to display a very unethical attitude, especially when self-improvement is the order of the day. Threatening female reporters is not the best way to advertise having read 12 Rules for Life. Maybe I should leave gender out there…
We obviously can’t blame Dr. Peterson for that.
His recent comments on Twitter about Brett Kavanaugh , lost him a few disciples. I am not going into the political side though as that is not where my interests, or knowledge lies. In fact his launch into the light was mostly political over his views about Bill C-16 — but I am not going there either.
Dr. Peterson seems to have multiplicity of ill-formulated definitions for the same thing
Some argue that his reasoning is contradictory — especially on the political side. I am not saying he contradicts himself, or maybe I am.
(Did you see what I did there?)
I am saying simply that much of what he says might be misunderstood.
Anthony Storr, once described Jung as having a “ multiplicity of ill-formulated definitions for the same thing”, and that this can make for a difficult read.
Dr. Peterson is similar in that respect.
On Facebook there are several groups dedicated to him. It would seem that, to some, he has become a hero, a person to be admired, and to some extent, adored.
Here are just a few:
The Jordan B. Peterson Cave of Artistic Wonder — creative people that have come together through appreciation of the ideas of Professor Jordan Peterson.
Women who support Jordan Peterson — yes he does have women followers, not all think that he is a misogynist pig.
Jordan Peterson Christian Study Group — this group has some interesting debates on religion. Not all posts are in favor of Dr. Peterson either. That is the idea.
Jordan Peterson Study Group — this group is quite a mix of ideas, as above but with less emphasis on the religious side.
The Jordan B Peterson Liberal discussion group — this one is centered more around the political discussions.
I particularly like:
The Church of Jordan Peterson of Lobster-Day Saints — this is a group dedicated to sharing personal anecdotes of how the good doctor’s message actually changed people’s lives for the better.
Jordan Peterson didn’t mean that in the way everyone would interpret it Sounds like you just want Peterson to be your daddy, but ok — I have no idea what that one is about, I think it has actually been removed — but the title says enough.
I am in three of the groups for research purposes ;) and I have found the comments mostly positive. It seems that for some, Dr. Peterson has changed their lives, saved them from a future they themselves either feared they would have to enter, or had no idea they could control.
For others he is just an interesting guy.
So I ask again.
Is Dr. Jordan Peterson a post-modern Messiah?