What To Know about “12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos” by Dr. Jordan Peterson


I wasn’t looking for an antidote to chaos, but I like the imagery of chaos as a venomous snake.

Why am I inviting you to read this book?

There’s an idea that has a hold of me, you’re never as good as you could be.  I started this channel to record the most valuable things I want my son to know. I dug my dad’s grave when I was 15.  I know that I might die before my son becomes a man.

So I’m gathering what I consider the best available guidance for making his life better and you may find it useful as well. By sharing with you what I find useful, I’m putting it to the test.

Dr. Peterson is a compelling story teller who uses archetypes to persuasively make his point.

He’s a brilliant clinical psychologist who taught at Harvard.  I found this book to be a challenging read.

I like to think that it’s the book I would have written if I was a well educated, genius, psychologist.

I’m NOT, but he is.

He talks about topics that I’ve never studied.

I grew up in a tiny hamlet.  As Peter Gabriel famously said, “A place so small, we use small words”.


I had to look up the definitions of metaphysics, nihilism, postmodernism, NeoMarxism and a dozen other words he often uses.

I wanted to go to university. Thanks to Professor Petersons YouTube channel, I feel like I’m getting the best of what I imagine I missed out on.  I used to think of university as a place where intellectual curiosity is valued and competing ideas are debated.  An environment where you develop a meaningful philosophy of life.

Then I saw how horribly Lindsey Shepherd was treated.  Ironically, for daring to show 5 minutes of a TV broadcast in her critical thinking class without first condemning it.

My high regard for university is now a thing of the past.

This is a work you can’t be indifferent to.  You’ll either oppose these rules or embrace them.

What do you stand for?


What do you stand for?

Jordan took a stand on an issue that I had never even heard of.  For that, he’s been labelled divisive.   I see a guy attempting to bring extremists closer to the middle.

The wisdom is timeless.  When my son turns 18 I’ll give him this book.  I hope that he reads it and says to me “Dad, you know that I know this, you and mom taught it to me.  You can see that I’m living it.

This guy rambles a bit, I don’t agree with some of what he writes, but the gist of it is good.”

That would be excellent.  As I read it, I kept asking myself, how will my son know that I know these things?

What will he see me doing that reflects this wisdom.

Getting your own house in order is the first step in getting your whole life in order.  How you do anything is how you do everything.

Freedom can come from discipline.  Rules help you deal with chaos in other parts of your life.

I like that he focuses on the responsibility of the individual.

Jordan teaches ancient Biblical wisdom in a thoughtfully intelligent way.

I LIKE this book because it validates and supports what I already believe.

I’m Catholic and I like learning about other religions.  I’ve watched The Message, which is the story of Mohammed, attended a Shinto ceremony, read the teachings of Buddha

I was curious why people believed different things than I did.

My parents taught me that we’re born to suffer, that death is certain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh about it.  There’s some witty stuff in here.  If you don’t laugh out loud when you read this, then I’d suspect you are one of those poor souls that lacks a sense of humour.  If you lack a sense of humour, then you may find this book offensive.

There was a petition to have him fired.  If being Canada’s most listened to professor doesn’t work out, Dr Peterson could be a computer programmer.  He speaks thoughtfully and precisely and yet he’s often misunderstood.  I’ll include a link to an interview where the host kept misunderstanding him.

He patiently and reasonably clarified his position.  I admire how he conducted himself.

He’s suffered many false accusations and quite a bit of name calling.

I’d love to be able to deal with that as gracefully as he does.

Thank you Jordan Peterson, this book is well done, which makes it significant.

Thank you for being, our world is a better place for it.

And thank you for watching.

If you do read this, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.