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And I totally understand if you want to stop reading me after this, or revoke my book-reviewing license, or whatever. But guys, Twelve Rules For Life is actually good. The best analogy I can think of is C.
Lewis was a believer in the Old Religion, which at this point has been reduced to cliche. What could be less interesting than hearing that Jesus loves you, or being harangued about sin, or getting promised Heaven, or threatened with Hell?
But for some reason, when Lewis writes, the cliches suddenly work. Sin becomes so revolting you want to take a shower just for having ever engaged in it.
When Lewis writes about Heaven you can hear harp music; when he writes about Hell you can smell brimstone. Jordan Peterson is a believer in the New Religion, the one where God is the force for good inside each of us, and all religions are paths to wisdom, and the Bible stories are just guides on how to live our lives.
This is the only thing even more cliched than the Old Religion. But for some reason, when Peterson writes about it, it works. When he says that God is the force for good inside each of us, you can feel that force pulsing through your veins. When he says the Bible stories are guides to how to live, you feel tempted to change your life goal to fighting Philistines.
Philosopher, missing the point.
Public intellectual, missing the point. Mythographer, missing the point. About once per news cycle, we get a thinkpiece about how Modern Life Lacks Meaning. These all go through the same series of tropes. The decline of Religion.
The rise of Science. The limitless material abundance of modern society. The fact that in the end all these material goods do not make us happy.
If written from the left, something about people trying to use consumer capitalism to fill the gap; if written from the right, something about people trying to use drugs and casual sex.
The vague plea that we get something better than this. The thinkpieces are people pointing out a gap. Twelve Rules is an attempt to fill it.
But if you join the cult leaders you become a cultist, and if you join the ideologues you become the kind of person Eric Hoffer warned you about.
Twelve Rules is something that could, in theory, work for intact human beings. Self-help gurus do the same: But prophets are neither new nor controversial.
To a first approximation, they only ever say three things: First, good and evil are definitely real. You can talk in philosophy class about how subtle and complicated they are, but this is bullshit and you know it. Good and evil are the realest and most obvious things you will ever see, and you recognize them on sight.
Second, you are kind of crap.La serie de libros Wikichicos presenta el libro La hormiga: un libro para niños, gratuito, realizado por la comunidad de Wikilibros..
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