Jordan Peterson: Truth in the Time of Chaos

2018, Politics  -   15 Comments

A professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson set off a firestorm in 2016 when he publicly denounced Canada's Bill C-16, a law that protected gender expression and identity. Protesting the use of special pronouns designed to describe variations of gender, Peterson was catapulted onto the global stage as an immediately polarizing figure. Since that time, as his public profile has widened, he has garnered an international audience of eager disciples and inflamed detractors. Jordan Peterson: Truth in the Time of Chaos offers an in-depth conversation with the controversial professor as he expands upon his perceptions of personal responsibility, human rights, political correctness and the importance of historical archetypes.

Much of the conversation evokes the Logos, an ancient Greek philosophy that promotes the persuasive powers of logic. If humans were to live as the reincarnation of the Logos, Peterson argues, then they would achieve harmonious alignment and eradicate chaos from their reality.

Peterson discusses the need to latch onto archetypes which have been deeply embedded into our culture for centuries, including the notion of the masculine and feminine. In his view, the attempts to disrupt and dismantle these structures will ultimately result in a societal breakdown from which we may never recover. The argument goes beyond gender identification - which he views as a sideshow to the real issues at play - and speaks to the destructive impact of the post-modernist philosophy.

Peterson's teachings are an expansion of Jungian philosophies, especially in regards to the notion of a shadow self. If one were to fully embody their moral and shadow selves - their capacity for both good and unspeakable evil - then they might achieve a level of consciousness bordering on the mythic.

Jordan Peterson: Truth in the Time of Chaos is an effective distillation of the professor's views, and of the ills that many believe are plaguing our modern society. The film explores a phenomenon that has proven especially alluring to male audiences, and has amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube. Whether you believe Peterson is a savior to Western civilization or a false prophet who indulges in heresy, the film puts forth a number of well articulated subjects that are worthy of exploration.

Directed by: David Fuller
Ratings: 6.75/10from 142 users.

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15 Comments / User Reviews

  1. GAB

    Total bs right out of the gate. The description above implies he was against trans gender identity blah blah. This is not true, he was against governments legislating what a person can or cannot say. People that support such legislation need to give their heads a shake.

  2. Amanda Adlem

    Adoption of gendered pronouns reinforces their validity.

  3. Universe Onesong

    Interesting article in The Toronto Star last month: "I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous"
    By Bernard Schiff - Special to the Star - Fri., May 25, 2018

  4. Oliver Koslik

    Well... It seems as though he has identified as being a christian.
    Go figure ~ #brainwashedbigotry

  5. Billie

    Great documentary on Dr. Peterson and his views. I like the fact that he talks about not being an “intellectual” ...because he embodies his views.this is extremely important...
    Totally appreciate some of the other comments...with the exception of Will. He is entitled to his views...but, personally denigrating Peterson is a poor reflection on himself.
    The other comments are introspective and thoughtful.
    As Peterson would say, “Give the devil his due”... At least he (Peterson) has succeeded in opening a dialogue on the nature of reality. He is shining a light on our unconscious beliefs, (which are always involved in each and every human.) I love the fact that he is asking important questions...
    One of which is:
    What is the motivation behind legislating compelled speech ?

    Really... Is it wise for us to accept such legistation without thinking it through critically? Peterson at least has had the kahunas to sound an alarm...He has the time and effort to think through the implications of this legislation. He at least has had the courage to put himself out there on the take the heat for bringing us into public discourse on these matters.

  6. Graham

    Jordan is challenging the way we think and exposes the "left" for its monopoly groupthink "religion and conservativatism is bad." I like his comment "Truth burns off the dead wood which could be 95% of you."
    That includes me! Hope that includes you.

  7. Morrison Lee

    Well picked David Fuller for travelling all the way to Canada and for directing this piece. There is a lot of meat for thought here. Respect. Mozz from Oz.

  8. Morrison Lee

    Will uses disparaging terms and insults in place of logic. These don't influence rational minds. Joe is correct and specific when he says the Peterson opposes state-enforced language control. This is simply true. Whitehead observed that Western progress has a commitment to change within the context of rationality. Change for its own sake is anarchy. Preservation for its own sake is Dogmatism. (Science & the Modern World p.201) "Mere change for its own sake [modern political-correctness] is a change from nothing to nothing." It is a shrouding fog that clouds the modern mind by popular opinion and cowardly peer pressure. Facts are eternal and unchangable as Nature itself -'The world is all that is that case.' Jung identified these enduring patterns in his archetypes. Peterson claims these are founded in concrete reality. For this he is maligned by popular opinion. I think he is correct ... and I think he is a brave man for challenging the current winds to the contrary. Mozzman. Australia

  9. Emily Donelan

    I agree that the legislated use of special pronouns for use with people who have gender confusion is a violation of freedom of speech. I also find it not
    Acceptable for the state to try to take custody of a child if a parent does not
    Support their transitioning to another gender. Peterson speaks clearly about the underpinnings of morality and why shadow work and it's integration is so important, especially in child humane discipline. F Scott Peck also discussed this last important issue and he too underlined how the often invisible emotional abuse where a parent repeatedly undermines the courage of a child can be horribly crippling to his development. Thank you for this important series of interviews in this time where truth is under attack.

  10. mikem

    This man and scott peck have real ability to put jiggsaw puzzels together like magic.

  11. Will

    And yes I’m using the correct spelling

  12. Will

    Gender pronouns? Do you honestly think that is what worries me about this tenured social leach?

  13. Joe

    What is potentially harmful to the truth is articles like this which begin with a total and deliberate lie about Peterson's position regarding gender pronouns. What Peterson opposes is the legislated and state enforced use of alternative pronouns for people confused about their gender. But you know what... maybe the article isn't so dangerous after all. I trust that most people, unlike yourself, are intelligent enough to see it for themselves.

  14. Will

    Weasel words from weasel ideology. Peterson's upsidedown talk could prove very harmful for those who can’t Decipher what he says he is not saying. He is a huckster of the worst kind. His drivel allows multiple meanings depending upon what kind of mood you happen to be in that day. Seriously though how can people not see through this inflammatory mindset? Oh and if he is so gung ho about getting his word to the people perhaps he could remove the paywall from all of his papers because I wouldn’t waste a dime on him.

    1. Jackie Freitas

      "Peterson's upsidedown talk could prove very harmful for those who can’t Decipher what he says he is not saying."
      WTF does that even mean??? Speaking of can't decipher...have you read your own comment? I seriously doubt you're male, but if you are...UGH