Jordan Peterson on Being Competent and Dangerous

In an interview with journalist John Stossel, Jordan Peterson recommends that ordinary people make themselves competent and dangerous:

Peterson says, “It’s very helpful for people to hear that they should make themselves competent and dangerous and take their proper place in the world.”

Stossel scoffs, “Competent and dangerous? Why dangerous?”

“There’s nothing to you otherwise,” Peterson replies. “If you’re not a formidable force, there’s no morality in your self-control. If you’re incapable of violence, not being violent isn’t a virtue. People who teach martial arts know this full well. If you learn martial arts, you learn to be dangerous, but simultaneously you learn to control it … Life is a very difficult process and you’re not prepared for it unless you have the capacity to be dangerous.”

Stossel counters, “By dangerous that implies I should be ready to threaten someone, to hurt somebody.”

“No, you should be capable of it. But that doesn’t mean you should use it,” Peterson finishes. __ http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/27/jordan-petersons-right-become-dangerous-heres/

Jordan Peterson is becoming more and more famous with every passing day. He is in the middle of a multi-continental book tour which adds new cities almost every week. And leftists are beginning to take notice — and learning to fear.

When the left finally realized what was happening, all it could do was try to bail out the Pacific Ocean with a spoon.

The alarms sounded when Peterson published what quickly became a massive bestseller, 12 Rules for Life, because books are something that the left recognizes as drivers of culture. The book became the occasion for vicious profiles and editorials, but it was difficult to attack the work on ideological grounds, because it was an apolitical self-help book that was at once more literary and more helpful than most, and that was moreover a commercial success. All of this frustrated the critics. It’s just common sense! they would say, in one arch way or another, and that in itself was telling: Why were they so angry about common sense?

The critics knew the book was a bestseller, but they couldn’t really grasp its reach because people like them weren’t reading it, and because it did not originally appear on The New York Times’s list, as it was first published in Canada. However, it is often the bestselling nonfiction book on Amazon, and—perhaps more important—its audiobook has been a massive seller. As with Peterson’s podcasts and videos, the audience is made up of people who are busy with their lives—folding laundry, driving commercial trucks on long hauls, sitting in traffic from cubicle to home, exercising. This book was putting words to deeply held feelings that many of them had not been able to express before. __ Why the Left Fears Jordan Peterson

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Of course the type of “Dangerous” that Jordan Peterson talks about is only a watered-down version of what we talk about here, but it is a good start. And Peterson’s message is reaching millions of people, far beyond what The Dangerous Child movement has managed to this point.

It is only natural that intelligent and wise people would notice the appearance of the life-long adolescent nature of today’s young adults — and a certain lack of competence and practicality in that cohort that casts a pall of decay over the future. If Jordan Peterson, Mike Rowe, and others currently in the spotlight begin pointing out the problem — and its causes in colleges, universities, and high schools — we should not be surprised.

There is much to be done, provisions to be made. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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