By Adam Jusko, ProudMoney.com, email@example.com
If you happened upon a listing of Jordan B. Peterson’s book 12 Rules For Life on Amazon.com or another online bookseller, you might get the impression that he is a writer in the school of Malcolm Gladwell or maybe the Freakonomics team. For example, this blurb:
“Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.”
Oh, sounds fun. Some light, entertaining reading with a little counter-intuitive self help to boot. Sign me up!
Well, if you’re like me and did not have any prior exposure to Jordan B. Peterson, you’re in for a lot more than you bargained for.
12 Rules For Life has the subtitle “An Antidote to Chaos.” That subtitle provides a more meaningful clue toward what you’re getting into here. Peterson’s world (and yours if you think hard enough about it) is one in which “things fall apart” and we need certain Rules to keep going and even thrive in the face of inevitable suffering, followed by the fact that no one here gets out alive. Or, more succinctly, life sucks and then you die.