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Critiquing PCness: Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life

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*Assume x knows something you don't know.

*Be precise in speech.

*Be a skateboarder. So don't minimize risk, optimize it. We are hardwired for risk.

He adds meat to religious homilies like 'love thine enemies.' Love thine enemies means learning from their success, listening to their critique, adopting as your ambition the creation of a world in which those who work against you see the light so what you're aiming at encompasses them. Noah: 'The centre cannot hold' so prepare your character to prevail against the flood.


*One form of the penalty of the slothful will be to see work that might have been theirs to do, done by those who have been faithful while on earth. In secular lingo, unused muscle atrophies.

**German Ideology (1945)

***While cumulative advantage has its role in society, a pareto effect rule of thumb for acceptable inequality is 80:20, not 99:1, a point Peterson doesn't make. Social justice is as much 'hardwired' into us as hunger, sex or aggression.

The Gallup World Poll and the World Top Incomes Database found that the more income is concentrated in the hands of a few, the more likely individuals are to report lower levels of life satisfaction and more negative daily emotional experiences.

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