Project 313 – Post No. 127

I’ve been listening to a few interviews with Jordan Peterson. 

I can understand why he has as many fans as he does; he’s pretty slick during discussions. What irks me a bit are the arguments he makes in support of religion providing both a basis for morality and for meaning in one’s life.

Understand, it’s not that he makes the arguments; he’s entitled to his opinion. It’s just that logically and factually they seem easily countered. 

I say that carefully because people he debates are no slouches and me saying the above seems at least a tad presumptuous if not outright filled with a measure of self-importance typically found only in people under the age of 25 and I’m more than twice that age. 

Still, I’ve yet to hear anyone ask him some plain questions like “which religion?”

I mean, obviously, not all religions are the same and even if one agrees on a particular religion, there’s always a process of choosing what is moral and what isn’t moral in the teachings of said religion. The argument then becomes circular . . . you need religion to decide what’s moral but we recognize which parts of religious teachings are not moral. How exactly do we do that?

. . . I’ll probably do a post on what I’ve heard him say but I want to hear more of his interviews and reasoning. Slick, he is and there are areas of agreement we share about some important issues . . . we just differ in the paths we take and I think his is a dangerous path.

And now, the photo:

Project 313 127

Another version of the pineapple quilt . . . metallicized, somewhat. 

Here’s a reason why I can find fault with Unions. Yes, yes, they do (did?) some good but many of the rules that hamper progress came about through union negotiations that had little vision for unintended consequences and the future. Basically, Unions exist for the same reason as political parties . . . to line their pockets. 

Yup . . . that sounds about right. As an exercise, do a bit of research as to why so many communities and states age getting into serious financial trouble. And, guess what? There are rules in place that won’t let you take back a move . . . nope; they’re gonna go down in flames before giving an inch . . . and take everyone else down with them.  

But, what do I know? It’s not like I’m an expert or anything . . . sure, I can read, and know a bit of math, and can do a bit of research. But that just gives me the picture of what is. 

Meanwhile — just like the finances of the country, states, and local communities — the worms are continuing to melt under the climate change that’s obviously a hoax.

Yup! Definitively losing cohesion on the . . . Second Day Of Plastic Multicolor Worm Monument Beginning To Melt During Latest Heatwave.

Second Day Of Plastic Multicolor Worm Monument Beginning To Melt During Latest Heatwave

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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8 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 127

  1. GP Cox says:

    I’ve never met the person in question, so I probably shouldn’t comment. Anyone who discusses religion has to be adamant about it because that and politics are testy topics for many. The name of the religion doesn’t really matter, does it. I for one never ask a person’s religion, if it gets you through the night, it must be okay.

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    • I agree. Some people believe, some don’t. Live and Let Live. And hope that we have taken the correct path!

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      • disperser says:

        Well, that would certainly be nice, now, wouldn’t it? Certainly how I would like the world to be.

        Too bad religious people as a whole don’t ascribe to that philosophy. I wouldn’t ever mention religion if it weren’t constantly shoved in my face.

        Of particular interest to me is the constant litany of me having no moral character because I lack belief in an imaginary being (essentially, a distillation of Jordan’s argument).

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    • disperser says:

      Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Peterson

      I’ve never met the man either. We overlap in some of our thinking about the behavior and motivation of human beings and diverge in some particulars.

      He’s worth listening to as are people who debate him. Essentially, he and others bring a higher level of conversation to an otherwise bleak landscape of general discussion.

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  2. Please share more about Jordan Peterson and what he’s saying. I’d be interested. And in hearing more about what you think about what he is saying.

    PHOTO: The quilt-pineapple looks like a stained glass window with light shining through it. Love that effect!
    CARTOON: Ha!
    DOODLE: Poor melting monument. Will it get to freeze in Winter?!

    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      It’s difficult putting stuff here in the comments but if you want to get a decent grasp of what Peterson talks about, long-form interviews are the way to go because short clips are often culled and edited. Here are a couple of videos of such long-form interviews.

      This next one was a live event on Free speech and again, it offers detailed arguments and counterarguments. This happens to be the last one I listened to and what prompted the above comment.

      This next one is a bit older and is a podcast that was often irritated me as it progressed. But, lots of differing and deep views.

      Thanks, as always, Carolyn for reading and commenting.

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