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Savage Messiah: How Dr. Jordan Peterson Is Saving Western Civilization Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : January 21, 2020
- File size : 4298 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (January 21, 2020)
- ASIN : B07SCV5B34
- Language: : English
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- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250251427
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- Best Sellers Rank: #89,550 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finished it! Came away with a strong appreciation for who Jordan Peterson is, the struggles he and his family has gone through, the richness of his worldview, and the challenges of confronting an opposing worldview with all the human darkness that entails (counter expressions of anger and hatred). Why we humans have to be so arrogant, billigerent, intolerant, and unkind in the midst of trying to figure our way through the world is beyond me.
Oh, and one other spot where I have to seriously question the author of this work. When describing Jordan's early years of struggle with nihilism, the author writes about Nietzsche stating that he "wrote that Christianity was an antidote to the despair, the nausea, of meaninglessness, . . ." WHAT? This assertion runs counter to everything I've ever heard about Nietzsche. My limited understanding of Nietzsche is that his "antidote to despair" was the Ubermensch, the Superman that would rise above the weak and failed Christian worldview and ethical system. Nietzsche saw that the demise of Christianity WOULD LEAD TO DESPAIR, and the Ubernensch was the way forward, but I've never heard it said that he saw Christianity as the "antidote". Nietsche was not a fan of Christianity at all and I'm baffled how the author could assert that he saw it as an "antidote".
With that intro, I give the book a 5 star rating for the following reasons:
1) Because it is a very good chronological story of how this now controversial man came to his world view. It tells how he sought to understand man's inhumanity to man and the great capacity for evil that resides in us if we let it overwhelm us.
2) This biography fills in the missing pieces as to how Peterson, who has clearly helped so many people and been such a good influence on his students, male and female, and people of all ages ages and backgrounds became such a controversial figure just for telling scientific truths. I wanted to know how it happened that a man who taught such basic, good rules to live by, as well as essential psychology necessary to understanding the human condition, could be ganged up on by media, particularly female media personalities.
3) The final reason for the 5 stars is to counter the obvious troll ratings which began appearing the minute his enemies became aware of this book.
As for the book itself, for me it is a really well done, simple biographical account of how Dr. Peterson came to see the world as it was, how it is, and how it can be. And then it clearly lays out the forces behind the efforts to destroy him for telling us about it and cautioning us so we don't proceed to repeat the horrors of the past.
I look forward to reading more of Jim Proser's work starting with his book "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy: The Life of General James Mattis".
A couple of years ago I watched “The Physiological Significance of the Biblical Stories: Genesis” and was able to follow, more or less, Mr. Peterson’s points. He’s light-years ahead of me in his thinking, though, obviously a very intelligent and challenging mind to follow. This may have been part of the struggle for Jim Proser, like trying to explain the Black Hole in Cliff's Notes. I’ll continue to watch for books by Proser, though. It’s obvious he dedicated a lot of time, energy and thought into this biography. The subject gets 5 stars; the disjointed writing style gets 3 stars.
(I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for making it available.)