This is one of the most influential books I have ever read in terms of impacting an individual and society as a whole. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos have the power to inspire the person and show the way to transform within. The 12 rules are an amalgamation of philosophies, science and real life (practical)-experiences.
The content of each chapter is comprehensive which makes the book a slow read. That is a good thing! It is not boring, but makes the reader think constantly. As the reader progresses line by line, the author’s explanations provoke thoughts towards gaining a deeper meaning of the content; An understanding that goes beyond the surface knowledge of facts and information. Professor Jordan understands the weight of his propositions; therefore, he includes plenty of stories to match the premise of each chapter. The stories are a potpourri of theology, mythology, philosophy, psychology and real life! They add fascination and interest to the rules, which makes it easier to grasp the meaning of each. Again, let me reiterate, there is no impulsive understanding of any of the material.
We should all try to better ourselves. Compassion is an integral part of our actions, yet we have to be disciplined. Everything starts with one. That is, you, the man/woman in the mirror. 12 Rules for Life is about an "antidote to chaos." Our lives fluctuate between Chaos and Order at any given point in time. His rules will ground you in the moment of reality. They are the antidote. If you ever struggled with grasping the present and asked yourself why “things are going wrong for me,” or “I feel like an imposter,” or “the world is going crazy,” then I’m confident you will find this book extremely helpful.
When I was reading chapter one of Professor Peterson’s book, I asked a Buddhist monk, “What is the reason for the pandemic, what sins have we committed?” His reply was, “This is the nature of the world, the universe.” Life is suffering. This will not last forever. Yet, the most important lesson is how we adapt to the circumstances, how we react to the circumstances. How did we contribute to ourselves and others, to make things better? The Buddhist monks answer cast a huge spot light on Professor Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life!
Professor Peterson wants people (us) to get themselves (ourselves) organized first. His point is that we are all part of something great and interconnected. When we fix ourselves, organize ourselves, then we become the strong link in the chain.
The true test for us comes during adversity! Lamenting on the conditions is not a solution or a part of the process. We all want to change the world for the better, yet most of us fail to improve our minds, body, and relationships.
12 rules for life will help you to set ground rules to take control of your life despite the overwhelming odds against us every day. It will help you to embrace every moment in life positively, progressively, and thrive in a fragile and chaotic world.
I encourage you to read the book independently. You'll be glad you did!
*If you are reading for the first time, I do not recommend the audiobook. Once you have read it, then you may listen to it as a reminder.
It is my conviction, Dr. Peterson is an influencer and one of the greatest intellectuals of our time.
The 12 rules are:
Rule 1: Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
Rule 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.
Rule 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you.
Rule 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
Rule 5: Don't let children do things that make you dislike them.
Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
Rule 8: Tell the truth—or, at least, don't lie.
Rule 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't.
Rule 10: Be Precise in Your Speech.
Rule 11: Don’t bother children when they are skateboarding.
Rule 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.