Come listen to an interesting conversation. It’s a rare treat.
Dr. Jordan Peterson is a Canadian psychologist, professor, and author of 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos. He is also the power behind ThinkSpot, a new censorship-free communication platform that shows public annotations of video and text. His thoughtful, halting manner of speaking and honest concerns over social, educational, and political developments in the world are compelling to thousands of fans
Why it matters
We are told that these two men should have nothing to talk about and should defend their identities with fists and snarling. Why? Says who? Who says they can’t talk about their kids, the business of podcasting, or the challenge of creating and finding your own way when everything tells you to fit into pre-formed molds. To shut up and sit down.
They are better for their relationship and you will be too. Find a way to connect and add value to your world.
Connect, consider, matter
It’s important to talk to people who are different from you and ask:
- Why did you make that choice?
- Why is that important to you?
- What do you fear?
- What are you hopeful for?
- What are you proud of?
We are all connected, whether we like each other or not. Our interdependence is made clearer with technology and the speed of communication. Dividing ourselves with superficial wedges only makes it harder to co-exist on our tiny planet on which everything is a cycle – of nature, of science, of money, and of love.
Go talk to someone new: the mailman, the guy fixing your car, the neighbor at the end of the block. Or, talk to someone familiar: a teacher, a brother, your child. Each time you make or revitalize a connection, you underline the part you play in each other’s lives and come closer to discovering the why of your meeting at this moment.
Who did you talk to today? What did you learn?
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