Highlights From Jordan Peterson’s Biblical Series (Lectures 1-15)

This is as important as anything gets: The meaning of life and answers to the question “What should I do?”

There is a super summary at the end of this post. I will personally be reading it DAILY from here on out, and will re-read the entire post at least weekly. This stuff is truly that important.

This summary is not a comprehensive look at the massive amount of information in these 38+ hours of lectures. It is only the absolute most important and practical info.

Note: I have left in a good amount of repeated information here.
If something is repeated it is because it is of momentous importance to you.

No notes on part 1 (Sets things up- still worth listening to)
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Part 2:

Being is good. Creation is good. At the very least, something existing is better than nothing.

Counter-argument: Existence is so much suffering that it would be better if nothing existed at all.
This is the philosophy of the devil, and of all very malevolent people.
It leads to the MAXIMUM of suffering for the believer, and horrible actions towards others to get revenge on being itself (This explains true evil and harm for the sake of harm).
It also allows total ignorance of responsibility.

There are ways to act that make the suffering of life tolerable- even noble and enjoyable-
in a way that does not degrade.
(Unlike hedonism -which leads to hedonic adaptation-, or any sacrificing of the future for the present).

A way to determine if an action is good and virtuous is if it works now, and in the future, for both you and society at large without degenerating.
(IE how much you can work vs rest until the amount you work will damage your overall output because you are not properly rested)

VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT THE SUFFERING OF LIFE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH COURAGE!

Listening to someone with a problem helps by itself
(Makes them feel better and the are likely “Thinking out loud”)
Unless someone wants to fix themselves the only thing you can do is set a great example
(Of course, many will ignore this. Free will and all that)
If someone is trying to drown you with them, or they have truly ignored your help and do not want rescue- STOP HELPING. Pearls before swine.

Misc:
Why do people (And Satan) have free will?
What outcome could God desire by allowing such a choice between good and evil?
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Part 3:

There IS a fundamental biological morality.

TRUTH! RESPONSIBILITY! Both absolutely vital for proper being.

Fathers encourage the tackling of the chaotic world.
Babies and kids must be touched and played with to develop properly (Kids MUST play and be socialized between 2-4).

Life is a set of games- never sacrifice victory across the set of games for victory in one game.

Voluntarily and enthusiastically accept the challenges of life despite your suffering and mortality!

Bravery!

Act in a way that works for you now and in the future with no degeneration- and in a way that works for the ppl
around you and for society at large- across all time frames!
^There ARE rules, and it is less than likely you will truly get away with breaking them.
Or with ignoring reality.
Or with failing to pay attention to the world.

Realize that all the horrors of humanity lie within yourself.
This is necessary for being a good person.
(If you are naive you are just a domesticated animal. You must understand the consequences of not doing the good!)

Speak goodness into being through truth!

Misc:
You don’t negotiate from a position of weakness.
Extract the worthy ideals from ppl you admire.
In all chaos there is an element of order. In all order there is an element of chaos.
^(This is what the yin/yang symbol really means)
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Part 4:

How to determine truth from bias: test in as many ways and from as many angles as possible.

The function of the state is ultimately predicated on the proper functioning of the individual
(Of course, the state has a great deal of influence in the other direction- more often negative than positive).

Truth- and proper action- will set you free.

Make sacrifices in the present to minimize your suffering in the future and to reach outcomes you find meaningful
(Such as the minimization of evil committed by yourself and others)

Don’t live together before getting married (Statistically works out much worse- builds resentment in many women).

The intellect is a truly great thing but it can fall in love with itself, its accomplishments/creations,
and can lead you to hubris and evil if it becomes too prideful.

Evil= The deceiver, the malevolent, the betrayer; and where these elements show up- at all levels, and within you.

Misc:
MM- Tragedy and Triumph (In the face of a world of suffering and hardship)
These are the two most emotionally meaningful feelings in life, and they are what make great art and music.
Combine the two for ultimate effect.
The more intense along either dimension + the greater importance of underlying archetypes/story/message + aesthetics.
^Thats pretty much amazing art in a nutshell imo.

For music, aesthetics= the tonal qualities of the sound in the music. Reverb, instrument choice, etc.
Music is my fav art form so here’s something that gets tragedy, triumph, and aesthetics right.

Interestingly enough, the rising theme starting at 44 secs represents the combination of tragedy and triumph perfectly -even down to the math.

It is 2 perfect 5ths (Triumph here), a minor second (Tragedy here) and then another perfect 5th.
In the key of C it would be: c-g-d-d#-a#.
If you multiply the ratios between the frequencies of the notes of the theme
(And then divide by 2 because it’s only the ratio that matters) this leads to 1.2

This is the ratio of the minor 3rd- the most archetypally “sad” interval.
And that’s the effect you get from the theme (Which is pretty interesting m8)
Anyway, that’s enough wooo. Hope its helpful for the more creative types reading this.
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Part 5:

Sacrifice who you are for who you can become!

To think that the majority of people who have been successful were only able to do so because they were corrupt and evil
is a tremendous dis-service to yourself. And it is NOT TRUE!
It is an excuse for you not to pursue your ideal, and will leave you to live a bitter and miserable life.

Reduction of suffering as a good should not be thought of in a utilitarian “minimize the pain” sort of way.
It is about maximization of meaningful good action, even if that leads to more pain.
(It will lead to less deep pain than ignorance or malevolence. And probably anything else too, over a long enough time frame)
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Part 6:

Sacrificing too much too the group leads to resentment
(It is very noble to try to truly help other people, but you can’t expect too much recognition for your action. Do it for its own sake and be ok with being under-appreciated).

Make your children exceptionally socially desirable by age 4
(Without destroying their curiosity, free-thinking, etc.)

What story are you living out? Are you sure you are in control, or is it in control of you!?

The rest of your mind (With all of its impulses and sub-personalities) should be subordinate to the thing that
can pay attention and make rational decisions to fix problems (The Logos).

The flood= return to undifferentiated chaos!
It is caused by entropy and the sins of man.
^Think New Orleans during hurricane Katrina.
The corruption of the city- and the unpreparedness that caused- is what made truly made the hurricane it a disaster!
(Look at what’s going on now. Pre-flood period before massive chaos is a good possibility. Much on the horizon!)

Noah prepared for the chaos and things went pretty well.
Be prepared for as much potential chaos as you can be!
The flood is ALWAYS coming. Be prepared.

What is fucking things up and taking you to the underworld is a PART of you. A part that must be controlled and burnt off.
It could be many things- your addiction circuits, your need for self-destruction, your negative thoughts or dreams lived out,
and worst of all -in some people doing very badly- your malevolence at existence itself.
Let the bad parts of you die or they will KILL YOU!
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Part 7:

Make your life (And your family and community) as secure and productive as possible.
Make things better, wherever you are!!!
No improvement is trivial- at the very least you are building positive momentum.

Stop cheating at the games of life you have chosen to play.
Your moral degeneration contributes to the moral degeneration of your society (And likely that of the entire Cosmos).

If you configure your life to aim at the highest possible good, the smaller necessities will almost surely work out
(And those problems are ultimately trivial in comparison.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work towards those things as well, but put first things first!)

Pay attention to what you do every day- solve the proper problems that lead to both the good day and the attainment of the highest good.
“What stupid things am I doing to screw up my life?”- FIX them. Optimize your mode of being!(In all ways, largest to smallest).
Conceptualize how things could be great for you, then work towards that for yourself,
then work to extend that to everyone else.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits”
Good people make good things happen, bad people make bad things happen.

There is no escaping from the ideal! (Nihilism/Satanic malevolence is the only TERRIBLE alternative)
You must reject the corruptions of your society in your personal life.

The arrogance of the intellect is a big reason why many very smart people both misunderstand and feel contempt for average ppl.
(Think leftist opinions on Trump voters as a comparable situation)
Smart does NOT equal a wise or good person.
You have to put in a lot of work to get there, and arrogance is very unhelpful.

“To those who have everything, more will be given. And from those who have nothing everything will be taken away.”
^Success and failure in all domains is non-linear. They follow either a positive or negative Parieto distribution.
This means the more successful you are, the easier it gets. LOGARITHMICALLY!
It is also true in the opposite direction, unfortunately.
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Part 8:

We all live in a protective “ark” (Societal structures) given to use by our ancestors.
Respect and be grateful for just how much work and suffering that took!!!

Do not effect change, as a leader or otherwise, outside of your sphere of competency
(Unintended consequences! You must have humility).
Start small and see what happens.
Do not seek to control society, or anything else, if you can’t even control yourself first!!!

Increasing felt MEANING in your life decreases fear of death.

“You are ok just how you are” is total BULLSHIT.
You CAN and SHOULD move towards the good in all areas!
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Part 9:

You need great relationships with your family to get through a true crisis! (Yet another reason to take family very seriously).

TRUTH and RESPONSIBILITY for a meaningful life!
Become an overwhelming force for good!!!
(Nothing will make your life better. All the other “solutions” are band-aids or soul-numbers)

You have no clue what could be possible for you as you put yourself together.
Don’t put a cap on what you are capable of (There really is no upper limit!). Non-naieve optimism!

Go into the unknown. Confront chaos.

Commitment and sacrifice are the same thing!

If you stand still you fall backwards, because the world is always moving.

Start by no longer doing the things you know to be destructive.

Bitterness and resentment are very hard on you, and accomplish nothing. Have gratitude and move forward!

If you behave badly enough you really can bring about the “end of the world”.
(For you, your family, your society! Think the Bolsheviks, or Sodom and Gomorrah)
If your over-arching actions are solid the little errors will be forgiven
(Not that you should let them happen, but they won’t likely crush you).

Sin= missing the target.
Either by doing the wrong thing (Intentionally is worse, but it’s bad in any case) or by doing nothing when you should do something.

You want your rationality and emotionality to move in the same direction.

Weakness and inability to fight are NOT virtues at all!
(Abraham takes his servants, arms them, and rescues his Nephew in a war)

Those who have weapons and who know how to use them, but keep them sheathed, will inherit the Earth
(Real meaning of “meek shall inherit the Earth”. Terrible quote in normal usage!)

To build a big system that works, start with a small system and then scale it.
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Part 10:

People are more motivated by negative consequences then positive rewards.
(IE: Wanna lose weight? Think about getting diabetes, cancer, etc. AND think of the positives if you DO lose weight)
Thankfully life has so much in-built tragedy that it’s worth risking a lot in pursuit of the ideal mode of being
(And if you get it right, your life is as meaningful as it could be).

Real art is a window into the transcendent. It must tell or represent something of vital importance!.
Beauty is important. Economically, spiritually, socially; it is not something to be written off or under-valued
(This is in no way a support of the narcissistic, garrish, and perverted mis-use of beauty in degenerate modern culture)

MM- The ideal mode of existence (Incomplete, just some thoughts):
Justifiable
Sustainable for you and everyone else (Accept the truly malevolent) across all time periods.
Reduces meaningless suffering
Figures out, takes responsibility for, and moves towards the ideal in all areas.
(Health, relationships, family, society, and on and on)
Accepts the truth and uses it to know what the right thing to do is.

The greatest natural resource: Trust.
Nothing more important for a functional society (And it is disappearing in the modern world!)

Don’t trust people because you are naive. Trust them because you have courage and can withstand catastrophe
(And because they aren’t obviously untrustworthy, of course).

People weren’t made to hide from the world. There are few surer ways to self-destruction.
You were made to be your best self, to solve difficult problems and face reality!

Don’t pursue happiness above all else; Pursue MEANING above all else!!!

Book recommendation- “Endurance”. Its about a ship’s crew that gets stranded in Antarctica and they ALL survive!

Be the person everyone can turn to for strength during a crisis.

Never lie to paranoid or unpredictable people. Also, do not show contempt.

“Humans are cancer”- That comes from the Club of Rome. Globalist satanists!

Make a commitment to move being towards the good!
(This is close to love. To accept the limitations and flaws whilst seeing the value in the thing,
and to strive to make it better. And to base the interaction on truth)
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Part 11:

Overcome your fear of people/women with progressive exposure, like with anything else.

If you are put in a situation where virtue and hard work is punished- GET OUT!

If something is holding you back, you need to let it go (Think of all the useless things that you do. Follow the ideal!).
^A little bit of fire to burn up the dead wood at the right time can stop a full-on inferno later.

A minority of good (NOT naivety) can stave off the destruction of a society, even if the majority is evil.

If you are in a place that you should leave, the time to leave is NOW.

There is no acceptable excuse, whatsoever, for not taking correct action!!!

Feel no nostalgia for bad things. Throw them away, leave that place, and don’t look back.

It is NOT sufficient for you to be enlightened and acting properly while the rest of the world is full of chaos and evil.
You have a responsibility to set ALL things right. Of course, start with yourself and put yourself together, but there is no end point
(Though there is a point that is at least sufficient for dealing with the tragedy of life. But again, DONT STOP THERE!)
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Part 12:

JP believes that acting properly is proper worship (And I see no reason to disagree).
Everything else is nowhere near as important
(And losing sight of this fact is why modern Christianity has lost many of its “teeth” and much of its ability to do good.
“All talk, no action”. Add in all the lessons that have been thrown out because of politcal correctness/weakness and the
picture doesn’t look great. A terrible shame. Must be fixed!)

The archetypal successful person:
Productive
Truthful
Generous (Sharing builds social rep and most people return the favor)
Courageous
Delays gratification
MAKES SACRIFICES
Foregoes expediency, takes the path of ultimate meaning.

Life is structured to demand the BEST from you.
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Part 13:

Betrayal is very bad- echoes Satan.

(Worth listening to, but that’s the only important thing I hadn’t already heard this lecture)
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Part 14:

Voluntarily accept and confront your suffering/fear and thus TRANSCEND IT!

Act in a way that sustains the community and increases its competency and goodness
(No predation. Long term success for all!).

Non-verbal pattern detector (Especially of things that make you anxious and uncomfortable)= Right hemisphere.
(Of course occipital will provide true “visualization” but it is NOT the end-all)

RH collects anomalous information
Sometimes, when it collects enough you will “snap” and a realization or even personality change will occur without the
left hemisphere having to consciously articulate it; though the left hemisphere likely plays some role in this mostly
subconscious process. A strong case of this would be a religious conversion (Where the sudden realization “Hits” you).

^This all likely ties into dreams as well.

Your neural architecture is a Darwinian competition: whatever “wins” recieves dopamine and the circuit is re-enforced.
It grows and gets stronger!
DO NOT do anything (Drugs, eating too much, giving up, being lazy, etc.) that you do not want to do or BECOME.
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Part 15:

Move into the world in the appropriate manner, regardless of the circumstances at hand.

Align with the TRUTH.

“Turn on” as many of the good and useful parts of yourself as possible. Function in as many situations as possible.
(Don’t be a hyper-specialist, be a complete person!)
^This will make you the proper person and the PROPER LEADER.
There is no alternative to this. Waiting around isn’t an option (It’s the “will to supidity”).
It is much better to do something badly then to not do it at all.

Just because something terrible happened to you that does not give you the right to wander off the path and make things worse.
The most terrible thing is to let yourself become corrupted!

If you are in a bad situation, and you aren’t doing absolutely everything you can to set things right, then you shouldn’t complain.
This is because you do not know to what degree YOU are contributing to or even causing the situation at hand!
(Of course bad things can happen arbitrarily, but many many things can be avoided by taking proper action)

Opportunity lies where responsibility has been given up!

Love= You want things to be better (And then you ACT to make it happen!).
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SUPER SUMMARY:

Being is good. Creation is good. At the very least, something existing is better than nothing.

A way to determine if an action is good and virtuous is if it works now, and in the future, for both you and society at large without degenerating.

Truth- and proper action- will set you free.

Make sacrifices in the present to minimize your suffering in the future and to reach outcomes you find meaningful.

There is no acceptable excuse, whatsoever, for not taking correct action!!!

Beware the arrogance of the intellect.

Opportunity lies where responsibility has been given up!

What story are you living out? Are you sure you are in control, or is it in control of you!?

You have a responsibility to set ALL things right.
Start with yourself- put yourself together- and keep going from there.

TRUTH and RESPONSIBILITY for a meaningful life!
Become an overwhelming force for good!!!

Sacrifice who you are for who you can become!

Let the bad parts of you die or they will KILL YOU!

The flood is ALWAYS coming. Be prepared.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits”
Good people make good things happen, bad people make bad things happen.

Acting properly is proper worship

The archetypal successful person:
Productive
Truthful
Generous (Sharing builds social rep and most people return the favor)
Courageous
Delays gratification
MAKES SACRIFICES
Foregoes expediency, takes the path of ultimate meaning.

Voluntarily accept and confront your suffering/fear and thus TRANSCEND IT!

Act in a way that sustains the community and increases its competency and goodness.
DO NOT do anything (Drugs, eating too much, giving up, being lazy, etc.) that you do not want to do or BECOME.

Move into the world in the appropriate manner, regardless of the circumstances at hand.

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If you want to watch the series yourself I highly recommend it. The second lecture is probably the best imo, but they are all very good.

 

 

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