127. Biblical Series: A Wrestling with God

    Despite initial marital misunderstandings, Jacob's relationships with Leah, Rachel, and their servants led to the births of his beloved sons, shaping the future of Israel

    enJuly 12, 2020

    About this Episode

    We continue our biblical series with another Jordan B. Peterson lecture. Thanks to our sponsors: https://www.ancestry.com/jordan http://trybasis.com/jordan/

    🔑 Key Takeaways

    • The human mind can be in conflict with itself, striving for good while embracing negativity, much like the biblical story of Jacob and Esau.
    • Throughout history, stories and myths reflect our innate desire to understand and grapple with the complexities of human nature, particularly the conflict between good and evil or natural order, which can be observed in personal relationships and larger societal conflicts. Fiction can distill and present these truths in a powerful and impactful way.
    • Despite manipulation and deceit, Jacob's favor and God's blessing led him to become the founder of Israel, highlighting the moral complexities of familial relationships.
    • Making lasting commitments and sacrifices for the future is important, as shown in the biblical story of Jacob's covenant at Bethel.
    • Animals live in the moment, unable to store food for future use. The concept of a pillar or center represents a place of safety, order, and exploration in both human and animal life, symbolizing the balance between chaos and order, and the connection between our highest and lowest aspects.
    • The center, symbolized by structures like the World Tree, obelisks, and biblical stories, represents the ethical aim that unites people and aligns their emotions, signifying stability and transformation, and the balance between death and renewal.
    • Recognizing the importance of a unifying center, whether physical or ideal, is essential for any group to function and remain cohesive, but it's important to remember that every center is flawed and in need of repair.
    • Our values and ethics influence how we categorize information and prioritize skills, shaping our perception of the world.
    • Ancient mythologies and religious symbols often feature a central unifying force that represents the courage to face and overcome chaos or fear, providing a sense of unity and hope for a community
    • Throughout history, individuals have embodied the importance of acting in a manner that sustains and increases the competence of their community, whether through heroic actions or moral commitments.
    • Accepting suffering voluntarily prevents bitterness and resentment, allowing for personal growth and community stability
    • Despite initial marital misunderstandings, Jacob's relationships with Leah, Rachel, and their servants led to the births of his beloved sons, shaping the future of Israel
    • Jacob's story demonstrates the importance of perseverance, faith, and the consequences of past actions. Despite experiencing deceit and setting up deceitful situations, Jacob transforms into a man of faith and reconciles with those he has wronged.
    • Engage in authentic contention with the divine for a deeper connection, and seek sincere reconciliation for past conflicts.
    • Recognizing the need to seek reconciliation after betrayal is crucial for personal growth and maintaining relationships, but actions have consequences and considering the long-term impact is essential.
    • Jacob's journey involves moral transformation, challenges from his sons, and the establishment of the 12 Tribes of Israel, leading to the formation of the nation of Israel.
    • Neuroscientist Elkhon Goldberg's theory suggests the brain's right hemisphere deals with novelty and produces hypotheses about potential threats, preparing individuals for action.
    • Dreams hold meaning and require preparation to face infinite potential threats. Hinduism's Kali offerings and personal courage illustrate effective coping methods.
    • Neuroscience research shows our brains have pre-existing structures and connections that aid in forming solutions to complex problems, rather than being blank slates.
    • Engage with ideas through imagery and storytelling to deepen understanding, solve problems, and promote personal growth.
    • Integrate intellectual knowledge and spiritual experiences for authenticity and character development. Avoid disconnection and hyperspecialization.
    • Religious experiences, leading to feelings of renewal, union, and transcendence, can be accessed via psychedelics, epilepsy, and near-death experiences. They've been shown to have life-altering significance and can improve mental health, like alcoholism treatment.
    • Research on neglect reveals the brain's capacity to process anomalous information and adapt, with the right hemisphere constantly trying to engage the left.
    • Education, time commitment, public display, and efficacy of vision are objective standards for art appreciation. Faith, a complex phenomenon, shapes our individual and social development, influencing our beliefs about art.
    • Our choices strengthen neural pathways, influencing our thoughts and behaviors. Positive choices lead to positive outcomes, while negative choices reinforce negative patterns.
    • God allows humans to experience victory, encouraging growth, through negotiation and adversity
    • Check out Jordan Peterson's books for insights on personal responsibility and meaning in life. Engage with his social media and website for more resources and consider joining his online writing programs for self-discovery and strategic planning.

    📝 Podcast Summary

    The human psyche as a battleground of good and evil

    The human psyche can be in a constant state of internal struggle, much like the biblical story of Jacob and Esau. This theme of hostile brothers, where different parts of an individual aim for opposing goals, is a common mythological motif seen in stories like Cain and Abel. The human experience often reflects this duality, with one part striving for good and another part embracing cynicism and self-destruction. Jordan Peterson and his daughter Michaela discussed this idea in their podcast, "A Wrestling with God," and also highlighted the importance of health and aging, with the mention of NAD supplements and the announcement of a special offer for the supplement BASIS from Elysium. Additionally, Michaela shared her fascination with family history and the availability of draft cards from World War II on Ancestry.com.

    The theme of conflict between good and evil or natural order in human consciousness

    Human consciousness and our awareness of our own mortality and suffering can lead us to be turned against the natural order of things, including being itself. This idea is reflected in various stories and myths throughout history, such as the enmity between heroes and their villains, sibling rivalry, and even in religious symbolism like the battle between Christ and Satan. This theme is deeply rooted in human nature and can be observed at various levels of analysis, from personal relationships to larger societal conflicts. Fiction, particularly good fiction, can distill and present these truths in a more powerful and impactful way than mere reality, making it a valuable and enriching experience. In the biblical story of Rebecca's twins, this archetypal truth is played out as the two brothers, representing two nations, are destined to be separated and for one to serve the other. This inversion of the usual power dynamic highlights the complexity and depth of this universal theme.

    Jacob and Esau's complicated relationship

    The biblical story of Jacob and Esau illustrates the complexities and moral ambiguities of human relationships. The younger Jacob, favored by his mother, manipulates his older brother Esau out of his birthright through deceit. Later, when Isaac is old and blind, Rebecca helps Jacob impersonate Esau to receive his father's blessing. These actions lead to tension and fear between the brothers, with Jacob ultimately fleeing to avoid Esau's wrath. Despite their questionable behavior, God ultimately blesses Jacob and he becomes the founder of Israel. This story challenges simplistic interpretations and shows the intricacies and moral complexity of familial relationships.

    God's covenant with Jacob at Bethel

    In the biblical story of Jacob, God appears to him in a dream at a significant place called Bethel and makes a covenant with him. This marks the establishment of a sacred space and the concept of making sacrifices, which evolves from concrete offerings to the abstract concept of dedicating a portion of one's earnings. This transformation of sacrifice represents the importance of considering the future and making sacrifices to improve it, a valuable lesson that likely took people a long time to learn. The permanence of a stone, which Jacob used to mark the sacred space, further emphasizes the importance of making lasting commitments.

    The significance of a pillar or center in human and animal life

    Animals, such as chimpanzees and wolves, live in the moment and cannot store food for future use. This lack of ability to sacrifice the present for the future is significant, as it relates to the concept of a "pillar" or center, which represents a place of safety, order, and exploration. This idea is reflected in various human constructs, such as walled cities, where the center represents the known and explored, and the periphery represents the unknown and chaotic. The pillar is also symbolic of the connection between the highest and lowest aspects of ourselves, and serves as a reminder of the importance of balancing exploration and order in our lives. Additionally, the concept of a pillar or center is a fundamental aspect of human environments, both physical and conceptual, and is a reflection of the ongoing struggle between order and chaos.

    The unifying force that connects all aspects of existence

    The center, whether it's in a community, a tree, or a physical structure, represents the unifying force that connects the lowest and the highest aspects of existence. It's the ethical aim that unites people and aligns their emotions. This idea, which dates back tens of thousands of years, is found in various cultures and religions, symbolized by structures like the World Tree, obelisks, and even biblical stories. The center signifies stability and transformation, as well as the balance between death and renewal. It's a reminder that we're all striving for something better, and that unity and shared values are what make us the same.

    The necessity of a unifying center for every group or society

    Every group or society, whether it's represented by a cathedral or a flag, has a symbolic center that unites its members. This center, whether it's a physical structure or an ideal, is necessary for the group to function and remain cohesive. However, it's important to recognize that every center, no matter how sacred, is flawed and in need of reparation. This idea, which can be traced back for thousands of years, serves as a reminder that the world is not perfect, and the challenges we face today are not unique. The key is to find a unifying ideal or center that can bring diverse groups of people together across large stretches of time. This act of faith, necessary for any group to thrive, is not always easy to define but is essential for creating a sense of unity and shared purpose.

    The role of ethics in shaping our perceptions

    Our perception of the world and how we categorize information is deeply connected to our aims and ethical values. The way we organize facts and prioritize certain skills over others is determined by what we value most. This idea, though complex, has implications for understanding human thought and behavior, as well as the role of ethics in shaping our perceptions. The concept of a central ideal, represented by symbols like the cross, serves as a unifying force that brings people together by encouraging voluntary suffering and transcendence. This idea, while challenging, offers a new perspective on the interconnectedness of ethics, perception, and human motivation.

    Confronting and overcoming chaos or fear

    The concept of a central unifying force or symbol often stems from the idea of courageously facing and overcoming chaos or fear. This idea can be traced back to ancient mythologies, such as the Mesopotamian myth of Marduk, who went beyond the frontier to confront and tame the chaotic goddess Tiamat. This pattern is also seen in religious symbols like the cross, which represents the courage to endure suffering or face and defeat adversity. The central symbol or figure serves as a unifying force for a community, reminding them of the importance of courage and the power of turning chaos into order. This idea has persisted throughout history and can be seen in various cultural symbols and traditions.

    Maintaining a strong community and moral obligations

    Throughout history, various mythologies and religious figures, such as St. Patrick and Jacob, have embodied the importance of maintaining a strong community and moral obligations towards it. This is seen through their actions, like St. Patrick banishing snakes and speaking with ancestors, or Jacob setting a pillar as a reminder of his commitment to God and his community. The hero mythology also illustrates this theme, with heroes either going out to confront chaos and bring back treasures or standing up against corrupt states to reconstruct them. A community or center faces the risks of degenerating into chaos or rigidifying into tyranny, and it's crucial for individuals to act in a manner that sustains and increases the competence of the community. This moral obligation is the criteria for membership in the community and is the foundation for having a valuable relationship with it. Additionally, the idea of voluntary suffering, as represented by the cross, further emphasizes the importance of commitment and sacrifice for the betterment of the community.

    Accepting suffering is crucial for personal growth

    Suffering is a part of life, and it's essential to accept it voluntarily to prevent bitterness and resentment. The story of Cain illustrates this concept, as does Jacob's experience with being deceived and marrying the wrong sister, Leah. Both Cain and Jacob faced intense suffering, but their reactions varied. Cain's refusal to accept his suffering led him to become angry, bitter, and ultimately violent. In contrast, Jacob's acceptance of his situation, despite the deception, allowed him to move forward and build a family. This idea is not about blame or karma but rather the importance of accepting life's challenges to maintain personal and community stability.

    Jacob's mistaken marriage and the births of his sons

    In the biblical story of Jacob and Laban, the custom of marrying the eldest daughter first initially results in Jacob having the wrong wife, Leah, instead of his beloved Rachel. Despite this, Jacob is bound to Leah due to cultural expectations and the consummation of their marriage. Rachel, desperate for children, eventually gives Jacob her servant, Bella, who bears two sons for Jacob. Leah, now past childbearing age, gives Jacob her servant Zilpa, who also bears two sons. Jacob's sons, including Joseph, play crucial roles in the story of Israel and the founding of the twelve tribes. Eventually, Jacob, unsatisfied with the arrangement, leaves Laban's household and takes his preferred animals with him, intending for them to breed true.

    Jacob's Encounter with Laban: A Tale of Betrayal and Transformation

    The biblical story of Jacob's encounter with Laban highlights the theme of betrayal and the consequences of past actions. Jacob, who has already experienced deceit from his father-in-law, sets up a situation where he is once again left with nothing, despite his hard work. In response, Jacob uses sympathetic magic to manipulate the situation and eventually becomes wealthy, leading to jealousy and anger from Laban and his sons. Rachel, in a moment of defiance and perhaps revenge, steals Laban's idols as they flee. Despite the hardships and deception, Jacob remains steadfast in his faith and eventually reconciles with Laban. The story also showcases Jacob's transformation from a deceitful character, named Jacob, which means "supplanter," to Israel, meaning "he who wrestles or strives successfully with God." Overall, the story illustrates the importance of perseverance, faith, and the consequences of past actions.

    The human struggle to understand and connect with the divine

    The biblical story of Jacob's wrestling match with a divine figure represents the human struggle to understand and connect with the divine. This struggle, or contention, is not only a sign of courage and determination, but also a necessary and favored aspect of the relationship between humans and God. The land of Israel, which Jacob founds, symbolizes this ongoing wrestling match and the strength that comes from it. Jacob's permanent limp, a result of his victory in this contest, serves as a reminder of the potential danger and ongoing nature of this struggle. Ultimately, the story underscores the importance of authentic engagement and contention in our relationships with the divine, rather than a superficial or passive form of belief. Additionally, the story highlights the importance of sincere apologies and reconciliation, even in the face of past conflicts and misunderstandings.

    The importance of making amends for past betrayals

    The story of Jacob and Esau illustrates the importance of making amends for past betrayals and seeking reconciliation, even if the betrayer has been wronged. Jacob, despite his deceitful past, recognized the need to make things right with Esau, viewing him as a representative of divine justice. This desire for reconciliation was crucial because betrayal violates a sacred trust, and the ability to learn from past mistakes and set things right in the present is essential for personal growth and maintaining relationships. However, the story also shows the potential for unintended consequences, as seen when Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi took violent revenge against Shechem and Hamor for their sister Dinah. This incident underscores the importance of considering the long-term consequences of actions and the potential for unintended harm.

    Jacob completes his hero's cycle and becomes the leader of Israel

    Jacob's journey to Bethel marks the completion of his hero's cycle, where he undergoes a moral transformation and returns to his central place as the leader of his people. During this journey, he faces challenges from his sons, including Reuben's infidelity, and establishes the 12 Tribes of Israel. Jacob's favorite son, Joseph, receives a coat of many colors, symbolizing his mastery of multiple domains and excess possibility. The story ends with the establishment of Israel as a nation. Despite the challenges and conflicts, Jacob's leadership and transformation pave the way for the continuation of the Israelite people.

    Family dynamics and the theme of favoritism

    The favoritism shown by a father to one son, as seen in the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis, can lead to significant sibling rivalry and complex dynamics within a family. This theme will be further explored in the upcoming lecture series. Another intriguing idea discussed was the concept of individuals seeking isolation and gaining wisdom before returning to their communities. This question has puzzled scientists from an evolutionary perspective, as it goes against the instinct of survival and reproduction. Neuroscientist and neuropsychologist Elkhon Goldberg, a student of Alexander Luria, proposed that the brain's left and right hemispheres are not solely responsible for language and non-language, but rather for dealing with routine and novelty. The right hemisphere, which is more dominant in dealing with novelty, has older systems that respond to anomalies and prepare individuals for action. This rapid response is crucial for survival and attention. These sub-cortical structures in the right hemisphere help individuals orient towards novelty and prepare them for action or attention. This is especially relevant when one is faced with fear or uncertainty. The right hemisphere produces hypotheses about potential threats and helps individuals determine a course of action. Overall, the discussions revolved around the themes of family dynamics, the importance of wisdom, and the role of the brain in dealing with novelty and fear.

    Understanding and coping with dreams' monsters

    Dreams, though not real in the same way as everyday experiences, hold significant meaning and require our attention and understanding. When faced with monsters or anomalies in our dreams, we can't simply eliminate them one by one, as there are infinite potential threats. Instead, we must focus on preparing ourselves to face these challenges effectively. This concept has been explored in various cultures through practices like sacrifice and heroism. For instance, in Hinduism, offerings are made to the goddess Kali to keep negative potentialities at bay. Similarly, being a courageous and strong person can help us confront the class of all possible monsters. The dream of a child, who was experiencing night terrors, vividly illustrates this concept, as he faced numerous dwarves in his dreams, and a dragon that kept producing more of them. In summary, understanding the meaning behind our dreams and learning to cope with the infinite monsters within them is a complex, ongoing process that requires abstract thinking and resilience.

    Our brains come with built-in structures to solve complex problems

    Our brains are wired with pre-existing structures and connections that help us formulate solutions to complex problems. This was illustrated through a story of a boy named Matt, who was able to come up with an innovative solution to defeat a dragon by going after its source of fire. The latest neuroscience research suggests that our brains are not just made up of individual neurons wiring together, but rather, there are already existing columns of neurons and tracts that link them together. These structures provide a foundation for learning and forming new connections. This pre-existent structure is the source of our archetypal thinking and the capacity to represent and solve various types of problems. The key is not just to focus on individual monsters, but to go after the root cause of the monstrous itself. Therefore, the representation of the threat is essential in formulating a general-purpose solution. This concept would have taken significant meditative effort and a long period of time to develop. In essence, our brains are not blank slates, but rather, they come with built-in structures that help us make sense of the world and find solutions to complex problems.

    Using imagery and storytelling to understand complex concepts

    Our minds have the ability to process and understand complex concepts through the use of imagery and storytelling. This was illustrated in the discussion about using the image of a terrifying monster to represent all things that might frighten us, and the need to be a hero to face these fears. Our subconscious mind, which thinks in images, can help us understand and solve problems by manifesting them in nonverbal forms. Nietzsche's idea of life being a problem and the purpose of scholarship being to solve it was echoed in this concept, as we must engage with ideas and make them our own to truly understand them. The discussion also touched on the importance of solitude and dreaming to allow these images and ideas to emerge, leading us towards personal growth and development.

    Embrace Ideas as Part of Your Being

    Ideas should not be treated as commodities or abstract concepts, but as integral parts of our being. Nietzsche criticized scholars for being bloodless and disconnected from their actions, emphasizing the importance of embodying and incarnating ideas. Spiritual experiences and intellectual knowledge are interconnected, and the integration of these aspects of our lives is crucial for authenticity and character development. Nietzsche's critique of scholars also warns against hyperspecialization and the dangers of adulation for narrow expertise. The existence of spiritual experiences and the belief in God are not mutually exclusive, and the acceptance of subjective experiences as evidence can challenge objective demonstrations of reality.

    Religious experiences through different means

    Religious experiences, which can include feelings of renewal, union with everything, and transcendence, are accessible to people through various means such as psychedelics, epilepsy, and near-death experiences. These experiences have been reported to have life-altering significance. While they don't definitively prove the existence of anything beyond the subjective experience, they do suggest that people are capable of having profound spiritual transformations. For example, religious conversion has been shown to be an effective treatment for alcoholism. These experiences may work by altering the function of the left hemisphere of the brain, which is responsible for habitual interpretations. Overall, the evidence suggests that religious experiences can have a positive impact on people's lives.

    The brain's surprising ability to adapt

    The human brain has the ability to adapt and compensate for neurophysiological damage in surprising ways. This was illustrated through the discussion of neglect, a condition where patients fail to acknowledge or respond to certain parts of their environment. Ramashandran's research showed that irrigating the contralateral ear could reactivate the right hemisphere, leading to a temporary awareness of the neglected side. This suggests that the brain may be collecting and processing anomalous information, but only passing it on to the left hemisphere when it's not overwhelming. The right hemisphere seems to be constantly trying to engage the left hemisphere in transformation. This research challenges our understanding of the brain and highlights its incredible capacity for adaptation. Additionally, the speaker touched upon the idea that our perception of reality is subjective and influenced by our individual experiences and beliefs.

    Objective standards and faith in art appreciation

    The appreciation of art requires both subjective elements and objective standards. The speaker mentioned education, time commitment, public display, and efficacy of vision as important objective standards for distinguishing art from mediocrity. Regarding faith, the speaker acknowledged that it's a complex phenomenon, and we tend to listen to voices that align with our most fundamental aims, which form during individual and social development. The speaker also touched upon the idea that our aims might be influenced by the voices we choose to believe, creating an intricate relationship between the individual and their beliefs.

    Neural pathways and our choices

    Our choices shape us, and the neural pathways associated with our decisions grow stronger with each repetition. This process can lead to positive or negative outcomes, much like the integration of the individual from the titans can be oriented towards good or evil. The decision to take the "low road" in difficult situations, for instance, can reinforce negative thought patterns and lead to addiction. Conversely, making positive choices can strengthen positive neural pathways. Ultimately, we have the power to choose which path to feed, and our societies are built on the assumption that individuals have free will to make these choices.

    God's humility and mercy in biblical narratives

    God, as portrayed in biblical narratives, exhibits qualities such as humility and mercy by allowing humans to experience victory, even for an all-powerful being. This concept is compared to the smaller rat allowing the bigger rat to win, preventing the smaller one from giving up. God's decision to engage in negotiation and let humans win can be seen as a means to encourage growth and positive outcomes. This idea is hinted at in the Old Testament and more explicitly in the New Testament, where playing a "straight game" increases the likelihood of winning. Additionally, the presence of adversity, like Satan, is necessary for growth and development, making God the benevolent antagonist.

    Exploring the importance of personal responsibility and meaning in life

    The speaker suggests that this approach shows care and can lead to personal growth. He recommends checking out Jordan Peterson's books, "Maps of Meaning," "The Architecture of Belief," "12 Rules for Life," and "Antidote to Chaos," for deeper exploration of this topic. Next week's episode will continue the biblical series, focusing on Joseph and the "code of many colors." Peterson invites listeners to follow him on various social media platforms and visit his website, JordanB.Peterson.com, for more information, tour dates, and recommended books. He also offers online writing programs at self-authoring.com to help individuals understand themselves and develop a strategic vision for the future.

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    On X https://twitter.com/shellenberger/status/1764799914918490287?s=20


    On Substack https://substack.com/@shellenberger


    The WPATH Files Official Document https://environmentalprogress.org/big-news/wpath-files 

    434. The Darien Gap & Postmodernism | Bret Weinstein

    434. The Darien Gap & Postmodernism | Bret Weinstein

    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson sits down with evolutionary biologist, author, and podcaster Dr. Bret Weinstein. They discuss the migration crisis, what values make up the “American Identity,” the potential for defining the transcendent, the origins of mutual reciprocity, and how the founding fathers codified these ideas into guidelines for the most functional nation in history.


    Dr. Weinstein is an evolutionary biologist who specializes in adaptive trade-offs. His current focus is on the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution. He has studied tent-making behavior in neotropical bats and worked for 14 years as a professor at The Evergreen State College. He has testified to the U.S. Congress, and been a visiting fellow at Princeton University. He hosts the DarkHorse Podcast and is a New York Times best-selling author. Bret has been a frequent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and has done live events with Richard Dawkins, Jordan Peterson, Eric Weinstein, Peter Boghossian, Sam Harris, Douglas Murray and has been interviewed by Bill Maher, Russell Brand, Glenn Loury, Dax Shepard, Tucker Carlson, Megyn Kelly, Glenn Beck, Bari Weiss, Derrick Jensen, and Lex Fridman, among many others.



    - Links -


    2024 tour details can be found here https://jordanbpeterson.com/events  


    Peterson Academy https://petersonacademy.com/  



    For Bret Weinstein:


    DarkHorse Locals Community https://darkhorse.locals.com/


    On X https://x.com/BretWeinstein

    433. Streaming, Politics, & Philosophy | Destiny (Steven Bonnell II)

    433. Streaming, Politics, & Philosophy | Destiny (Steven Bonnell II)

    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson sits down in-person with Steven Bonnell II, also known as Destiny. They discuss the differences between the left and the right, force versus invitation, the feasibility and pitfalls of command economies, the dangers of ideology, and government response to worldwide crises.


    Destiny, also known as Steven Bonnell II, is a prominent political commentator and content creator known for his debate skills and provocative takes on various issues. With a passion for gaming, politics, and philosophy, Destiny engages in lively discussions that often challenge the status quo.



    - Links -


    2024 tour details can be found here https://jordanbpeterson.com/events  


    Peterson Academy https://petersonacademy.com/  



    For Steven Bonnell II:


    Destiny’s YT Channel https://www.youtube.com/@destiny


    On Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Destiny/


    On X https://twitter.com/TheOmniLiberal?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor 

    432. The End of the Tent Cities | Minister Jason Nixon

    432. The End of the Tent Cities | Minister Jason Nixon

    Jordan Peterson sits down with Alberta’s Minister of Seniors, Community, and Social Services, Jason Nixon. They discuss the dire problems created by unregulated homeless encampments, the onset of both indigenous and foreign gangs and cartels, and the two schools of thought on how to approach drug abuse—one that enables “safe” usage, where the other focuses on real addiction recovery.


    Jason Nixon is Alberta’s Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services. As minister, he is responsible for his province’s policies on housing, homelessness, and government benefits for vulnerable people. He previously served as Leader of the Opposition, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board in the province of Alberta.



    - Links -


    2024 tour details can be found here https://jordanbpeterson.com/events  


    Peterson Academy https://petersonacademy.com/  



    For Minister Jason Nixon:


    On X https://twitter.com/jasonnixonab?lang=en 

    431. The True Stories That Drive Spiritual Growth | Bishop Barron

    431. The True Stories That Drive Spiritual Growth | Bishop Barron

    Jordan Peterson sits down with author, speaker, and Bishop of the Dioceses of Winona-Rochester, Robert Barron. They discuss the use of new technologies to interpret and explore religion, the fallacy of self-deification, the spiritual blocks to the flow of grace, and how to stop servicing power and become an orchestrator of peace and love.


    Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He was a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron’s website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the world’s most followed Catholics on social media. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 131 million times, and he has over 3 million followers on Facebook.


    - Links -


    For Bishop Robert Barron:


    On X https://twitter.com/BishopBarron


    On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BishopRobertBarron/


    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bishopbarron/?hl=en


    Word on Fire (Website) https://www.wordonfire.org/