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Jordan Peterson's Message About Truth Will Affect Your Everyday Life

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” 

 - Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov

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Jordan Peterson's Message About Truth Will Affect Your Everyday Life

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Key Ideas

Truth vs. lies

Choosing truth:
  • Is to uphold a genuine character. 
  • Is to realise that true being is the best possible consequence in the face of life's trials, suffering, and spitefulness. 
Choosing to lie:
  • Only leads to chaos. 
  • Often results in horrible consequences.

Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson

"It [speaking the truth] is the proper way of wending your way through the terrible world without making it worse than it already is and with the possibility perhaps of making it better."

Living by truth

Telling the truth is a good virtue, but can be difficult. Telling the truth is essential for the good of humanity.

Living by truth has transformed the lives of Dostoevsky and Peterson. Truth is a crucial way to live one's life. Your own sense of reality is at stake.

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