35 - GOOD PEOPLE | BAD COMPANY
Meditation On Integration #3
This is a short clip from a previous episode that showcases a particular aspect of a broader subject. I’m stoked to serve you up a simple does of creative inspiration that can add value to your life while saving you time.
In this edition, we focus on a section from my book review of 12 Rules For Life. It’s from episode 26, which covered Rule 3 - “Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You”. Much respect to the author, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, who is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology.
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Maybe you are saving someone because you’re a strong, generous, well-put-together person who wants to do the right thing. But it’s also possible—and, perhaps, more likely—that you just want to draw attention to your inexhaustible reserves of compassion and good-will.
Or maybe you’re saving someone because you want to convince yourself that the strength of your character is more than just a side effect of your luck and birthplace. Or maybe it’s because it’s easier to look virtuous when standing alongside someone utterly irresponsible. Assume first that you are doing the easiest thing, and not the most difficult.
You’re associating with people who are bad for you not because it’s better for anyone, but because it’s easier. You know it. Your friends know it. You’re all bound by an implicit contract—one aimed at nihilism, and failure, and suffering of the stupidest sort. You’ve all decided to sacrifice the future to the present.
You don’t talk about it. You don’t all get together and say, “Let’s take the easier path. Let’s indulge in whatever the moment might bring. And let’s agree, further, not to call each other on it. That way, we can more easily forget what we are doing.” You don’t mention any of that. But you all know what’s really going on.
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