A Call To Wake Up From Jordan Peterson

(This is entire post is an excerpt from this talk by Jordan Peterson - starting at 50:09)

 

"DON'T WRITE IN YOUR ESSAYS

WHAT YOU THINK THE PROFESSOR WANTS TO HEAR.

 

There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for doing that. 

Now, first of all, most professors... still have enough character to grade an essay that's well-written properly. 

So, you're actually taking much less of a risk than you would you think by stating what you have to state. 

But look, if you start practicing when you're in university - when the stakes are rather low - pandering to the audience... and saying what you think will get you by...

 

YOU'RE GOING TO TRAIN YOURSELF TO DO THAT.

 

And what that means is...

 

YOU'RE GOING TO TRAIN YOURSELF

IN THE FALSIFICATION OF YOUR CHARACTER. 

 

 

AND YOUR CHARACTER IS

THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE

TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH LIFE. 

 

 

You know, people dream of riches, and they dream of luxuries and all of that, but that's a thin defense against the harsh realities of the world.

 

YOU HAVE YOUR CHARACTER. 

 

So what you do when you go to university is...

 

YOU LEARN TO SAY WHAT YOU THINK

AS CLEARLY AS YOU CAN. 

 

And to take the slings and arrows that come along with that. Not in an arrogant manner - right because like what the hell do you know... you've got plenty to learn - but you want to formulate your thoughts carefully

You want to write what you think. Well why?

 

BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE WRITING...

YOU'RE THINKING.

 

You're laying out the arguments you're going to use to structure your existence in the world throughout your entire life. 

 

AND IF YOU START TO TWIST AND BEND

[THE VERY STRUCTURE OF YOUR MIND]... 

YOU'RE GOING TO WARP YOUR SOUL.

 

And I mean I could talk about that neurophysiologically, if you want to you know...

 

YOU BECOME WHAT YOU PRACTICE. 

 

You automate what you practice... So if you automate expedient speech for the sake of short-term gain, then that's what you're going to produce - you're going to produce expedient speech for short-term gain - well, god help you if you do that. 

 

 

THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU WILL POSSIBLY DO IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE THAT WILL SERVE YOU BETTER THAN TO...

GET CONTROL OF YOUR VOICE IN UNIVERSITY.

 

 

So you do that by reading, right? You read great people. You do that by writing what you think. You stay true to yourself while you write what you think, and you take the risks and you gain the benefits that go along with that. You learn to stand up and speak. And to listen carefully. And that makes you a negotiator of unparalleled power

And if you're a negotiator of unparalleled power... 

 

 

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE WORLD

THAT WON'T OPEN ITSELF UP TO YOU.

 

 

 

So that's what you're doing in university. And if you find professors who reject that - and there are fewer of them than you might think - then it's your sacred obligation to stand up for yourself against that. 

 

BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU THROUGHOUT

YOUR WHOLE LIFE. 

 

AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL

START PRACTICING HOW TO DO IT RIGHT NOW."

 

 

 


(This is entire post is an excerpt from this talk by Jordan Peterson - starting at 50:09)