Who is psychologist, professor, bestselling author, and YouTube personality Dr. Jordan B. Peterson? What does he believe in? Who are his followers? And why is he so controversial?
From Peterson’s early days as a religious-school student in small-town Canada to his tenure at Harvard University to his headline-making persona of the present day, he is, at least to me, one of the most impressive examples of a hero.
In my Jordan Peterson book, Savage Messiah; How Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization, we meet an adolescent Peterson who, scoffing at the “fairy tales” taught in his Catholic confirmation class, asked his priest how it was possible to believe the Bible in light of modern scientific theory? Unsatisfied with the answer given, Peterson went on to challenge other authority figures as he defined the world in his own terms.
His challenging personality won Peterson many enemies. It also won him more admirers than he ever dreamed of. It was the dawn of the digital era. His views challenging political correctness were suddenly shared and critically discussed around the world via the internet. His fall from grace, and worse, arrived.
Here is an interview about Dr. Peterson, you might enjoy…
The Battle Over Free Speech Began
Peterson preached the absolutely vital importance of free speech. He understood from his studies of Marxist regimes of the past, that free speech was essential to freedom itself. It was essential to a person’s ability to think clearly. It was essential to finding life-saving personal meaning in a frequently malevolent and nihilistic world. Armed with this certain knowledge and fortified by his convictions, he refused to back down from the fight. What he didn’t realize was the size of the fight he was entering.
When he challenged the Canadian parliament’s Bill C-16, that compelled state sanctioned speech, Peterson faced a whole new world. That world was newly enthralled with the religion of identity politics. Prophets of intersectionality and the evil of white, male patriarchy prophesied Western Civilization’s destruction. Newly invented gender identities were beatified. Newly-invented pronouns to address these new gender identities were enshrined as a articles of faith by three generations of zealous, previously godless, Neo-Marxists. And as might be guessed, that sanctified new world order soon attacked.
Tens of thousands of online zealots targeted Peterson as a gender bigot for opposing the Canadian government’s proposed speech codes of new gender pronouns, some calling him a “…transphobic piece of s–t.” An nearly equal number of social conservative, free-speech zealots rallied to his support as a leader and a true hero. Soon Peterson was fixed firmly at the center of the culture wars. There was no turning back. He had only the strength of his hero within to rely on.
With exclusive interviews of Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, as well as conversations with his family, friends, and associates, the book Savage Messiah; How Jordan Peterson is Saving Western Civilization reveals the heart and mind, teachings and practices, of one of the most provocative voices of our time and, in the view of this writer, one of our greatest real life heroes.
Dr. Peterson’s recent, on-going recovery from his nearly fatal withdrawal treatments for benzodiazepine addiction prompted me to express my relief and well wishes to this man I’ve come to greatly admire.
I posted in social media; “Thank you Dr. Peterson for your courage. Thank you for your commitment to free speech, for your hard-won, life-affirming worldview, for your devotion to healing and your love of teaching. Thank you for defending us.
For years, you stood alone in the breach, our St. George against the dragons of Marxism, nihilism and resentment, our Churchill against the would-be tyrants of our time.
You were attacked and you stood. You were reviled and you stood. Your family was threatened and you stood. You were wounded, near death, and now you have returned to stand with us again. To fight again.
Without your call to arms we may well have continued sleeping. Without your heroic stand we might now be silenced, canceled and ruled again by tyrants. We might now be in chains.
Thank you. A grateful world salutes you and prays for your continued health and happiness.”