Jordan Peterson on Truth
December 22, 2016
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So I wrote this whole last post; and soon later I found that Jordan Peterson was saying pretty much the exact same thing but in more accessible language. So if you didn’t quite get my last post, you can listen to him say it.
Start at 1h23m.
Some people, religious people usually, get angry when I make this pragmatic argument. Like I’m a toxic personality which is arguing for nihilism. Look, I’m no nihilist. But you don’t need to be a nihilist to be depressed. Look outside. Read the news. See how Western Civilization is dying in front of our own eyes while the best and brightest are not only failing to stop it but actively aiding the demise. That’s what depresses people. And for centuries, neither traditional religion nor “conservatives” have had a decent explanation for why the hell this is happening. Moldbug was the perhaps the first to make some sense. I think I’ve come up with a very good explanation.
Now I agree that relativism of this sort isn’t exactly constructive. I know very well. Hell, I’m the guy who’s been arguing for a new religion for 5 years already. I know very damn well, so stop telling me that. I know you can’t run a cohesive army by telling your soldiers that their consciousness is a social front. I get it. But I’m not running an army here. I’m trying to make sense of reality. And I’m making a damn lot of sense.
But look again at Peterson. This guy is no nihilist. He’s almost the least nihilistic guy ever. He’s the boss of self-help preachers. He’s a “deeply religious” guy who makes his living by telling people that life has meaning, convincing people to live socially conservative lives. And yet he understands and recognize the basic reality of human knowledge. He’s making my exact same argument; and I swear I got there by myself before watching him. So it’s pretty obvious that accepting pragmatic philosophy doesn’t necessarily lead into nihilism. I’m not sure I buy this guy’s framework, but at least he shows it can be done.
But at any rate; I’m not trying to make anyone feel inadequate. If you want to run a Christian army; by all means preach them the old Thomist trope. If you want to run a Jewish army you can preach them whatever the hell it is you guys preach. If you want to run a White-nationalist army you can preach them about Thor and Odin and Sumerians being Aryans and whatever. Do your thing, and I’ll praise your courage and valor and donate money and hold a party for every victory of yours against the forces of progressivism. I’m your friend.
But if you’re not running an army, and you just want to know what the hell is going on, well you better read my blog, because what those armies are telling you makes no sense. And now I’m going to make a point about the lack of a need for ideological coherence and will give an offering to Kek. Merry Christmas to everyone.