Published on Sep 24, 2017
This is the most profound speech of the 21st century.
Its balance of emotional wrath and cogent argument makes it undeniably sincere, and yet, entirely reasonable. Peterson rips apart the victim mindset that plagues our culture — a plague that is quietly nourished by our intelligentsia.
It’s not that the victim mindset is wrong — it’s correct. Everyone’s a victim! But instead of masturbating over our collective self-pity, we ought to try to lessen the load of our victim-hood. Start with yourself: what are you doing that is making your life more painful? If you ask yourself that question, and you sincerely want to know the answer, it will immediately become clear that you are your own worst enemy. And how can you complain about society when you won’t improve your individual inadequacies?
And so Dr Peterson places the blame squarely on the individual. Which is the primary discovery of the West: the necessity of individual responsibility. That’s not “Blaming the Victim” — it’s a realistic approach to life. No one is going to shelter and protect you indefinitely, so you’ll have to do it yourself. And anyone who suggests otherwise will most likely enslave you.
In short, Dr. Peterson shows how the correct response to the suffering of life is to confront it forthrightly. And with that, he drops the mic on western civilization