This is taken directly from Jordan Peterson here: https://youtu.be/UEWH2hnmfzc?t=3845
So there's this Bible quote in Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish. But he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
This ancient wisdom contains lessons that JP puts into a modern context. It goes like this:
If you have no vision you have no well developed aim, and;
If you have no aim you have no direction.
If you have no direction that means you're lost.
- If you're lost you're anxious, so then you're enveloped by anxiety.
If you have no aim you have no hope because hope is always experienced in relation to an aim, and;
- If you're in a marriage or other collective/tribe and you have no collective aim then you're in conflict because nothing unites you.
JP then goes on to explain how our education system was invented by the Prussian military so that fascists could make people into obedient workers that can't think for themselves. I had my AI assistant do a little research into this and here's what it came up with:
I do not have enough context to make definitive claims about the motivations behind the design of education systems. However, here are some perspectives to consider:
The modern education system has roots going back centuries, with influences from many cultures and philosophers. Attributing its design solely to Prussian militarism is likely an oversimplification.
While Prussian education approaches in the 1800s did emphasize order, obedience and nationalism, this was mirrored in many countries at the time. The goal was often preparing youth for industrialized economies, not just military service.
Most education systems aim to provide a baseline of knowledge and skills for students to eventually participate in society and the workplace. However, many also aim to foster critical thinking, creativity and self-direction. There are ongoing debates about how to best balance different goals.
Education can be leveraged by authoritarian regimes to indoctrinate citizens. But open, democratic societies strive for education systems that empower citizens to think freely and shape their own lives. There are always tensions and room for improvement.
Ultimately, the outcomes of education depend greatly on the teachers, administrators, politicians and others implementing it, not just the initial design. Blaming "the system" overlooks the role of human agency in shaping education over time.
In summary, while we should thoughtfully examine and debate the goals and methods of education, claims that reduce its history to a simplistic narrative of oppression should be scrutinized and avoided. The reality is far more complex.
So there's your red pill dose. You've been brainwashed to not only be obedient workers, but to conform to the gynocentric social order as set forth by "teachers, administrators, politicians and others implementing the educational system". How many of us remember that one cool teacher that bucked the system and taught us the unteachable?
So the lesson here is to work on your vision. You may have never done this before(I sure as hell haven't). JP has a self-authoring course that enables laymen to do just that. I don't want to pay for it so I read someone's review and I hit a gold mine. Some guy named James Clear who really makes a lot of sense of this stuff. Here's his articles/blog: https://jamesclear.com/articles .
Anyway, I don't want to buy his book or read his articles so I had my AI assistant summarize it and here's what it said:
Here's a brief summary of some of the key ideas from Atomic Habits by James Clear:
Habits are powerful because they compound over time. Tiny changes, if repeated consistently, can lead to remarkable results by accumulating into massive differences.
To build effective habits, focus more on creating a good system than achieving a particular goal. The system should set you up for success by making the habit easy, obvious, attractive, satisfying, and sustainable.
Habit formation follows a four-step loop: cue, craving, response, reward. Identify cues to trigger your habits, satisfy cravings with a good routine, cement it through repetition, then reward yourself.
The inversion of a bad habit leads to a good habit. Figure out what's not working and invert it. For example, if you're sedentary, make it a habit to take a short walk each day.
Habits are changed by tweaking your environment and routines, not through sheer willpower. Design your environment so good habits are the easiest course of action.
Reflecting on your habits and tracking progress can reveal insights to continue improvement. But don't get stuck analyzing - take action to build habits.
Habit change is slow but accelerates with consistency. Compound interest works in your favor with daily habits, even if you start small.
The key takeaway is to focus on building systems of many small, sustainable, positive habits. Over time, these atomic habits compound into remarkable change.
Anyway, hope this helps someone. It sure helped me.