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This blog is about Jordon. B. Peterson’s book 12 rules for life. The book is full of illustrative examples making it an interesting one to follow. Jordon. B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and Professor of psychology and thus many examples that he shares potray a deeper understanding of the subject matter. The rules mentioned although simple, are no less a guidance to help us know and live better. To know all the rules, you need to proceed through the chapters. Here I will share a few interesting learnings from the book to give an insight of the wisdom that lie in the pages of this book.

If your life is not what it could be, try telling the truth. If you cling desperately to an ideology, or wallow in nihilism, try telling the truth. If you feel weak and rejected, and desperate, and confused, try telling the truth. In Paradise, everyone speaks the truth. That is what makes Paradise.

Tell the truth. Or, at least, don’t lie.

12 rules for life

The author illustrates the example of the Garden of Eden to describe one of the rules. In which he states, God created a bounded space, i.e. a walled or protected enclosure known as Eden’s Garden and he placed Adam in there, along with all manner of fruit bearing trees, two of which were marked out. One of these was the Tree of Life and the other was the Tree of knowledge. God allowed Adam to eat any fruit he wanted but the fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and bad were forbidden. After that god created Eve as a partner for Adam.

Initially both were naked but not ashamed. Later there is a mention of a serpent which appears apparently in a legged form. The author thinks a lot of the entrance of such creature in the garden created by god and then realizes may be because it is not even possible for God to protect one from the outside, the snake can be seen as a symbolic identification of eternal human proclivity for evil. The worst of all possible snake is psychological, spiritual, personal, internal. No walls however tall, will keep that out.  Even the most assiduous parent cannot fully protect their children even if they lock them in the basement, safely away from drugs, alcohol and internet porn.

It is far better to render beings in your care competent than to protect them.

12 rules for life

Now the serpent tells Eve that if she eats the forbidden fruit, she won’t die and will became God. Being human and wanting to know more Eve eats the fruit and for the first time she becomes conscious. There’s no way a conscious woman tolerates an unawakened man. So, she immediately shares the fruit with Adam.  And now Adam is self-conscious. The first thing they notice that they are naked. Naked here unarmed and unprotected in this garden of good and bad. To protect their egos, they search for clothes to cover themselves. For the evening walk God is puzzled to not find Adam. He calls out to him.

“Where are you?”

“I heard you, god. But I was naked, and hid.”

“Who told you were naked? Did you eat something you were not supposed to?”

Adam in his wretchedness points out at Eve and then he blames God.

“The woman, whom you gave to me, she gave it to me (and then I ate it)

The first woman made a man conscious and resentful. Then the first man blamed the woman. And then the first man blamed the God. This Is exactly how every spurned male feel, to this day. First, he feels small in from of his lover after he is rejected. Then he curses God for making her so bitchy and himself so useless. Later turns out that the snake is the Satan himself. We sympathize with Eves mistake after knowing this because she was deceived by the best. But Adam! No one forced his words out of his mouth. And then with words for both Adam and Eve God banishes them from Paradise.

This was a part from the Rule 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.In one of his Ted talks Jordon. B. Peterson said:

Start by watching yourself as if you are someone you know very little about. See where you should be psychologically and where you shouldn’t. DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT, WATCH. Then Practice spending more time in the place you want to be in. DO WHATEVER TO STAY THERE. Be there more often. There are always small beginnings for a great world.


I hope you liked the chunks provided of this profound piece of work. Read through to know more. There are a lot of difficult words in this book. We will provide a list of it soon. Happy Reading!!!

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