Jordan Peterson Hits the Target

theguardian.com

Jordan Peterson, whatever else you may think about him, in my view, hits the target with this, for blog readers and writers, and for everyone else as well. 

“Almost all ideas are wrong. And it doesn’t matter if they’re your ideas or someone else’s ideas. They’re probably wrong and, even if they strike you with the force of brilliance, your job is to assume first of all that they’re probably wrong, and then to assault them with everything you have in your arsenal to see if they can survive.”

This, of course, means that what he’s saying here must itself be ‘assaulted’ and, it seems to me, that if it is, it will more than hold its own. To adapt some words of Jesus, we need a, “winnowing fork in hand, to clear the threshing floor, gather the wheat into the barn, but burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 

The unexamined life is not worth living, and the unexamined idea is not worth keeping.

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