Coming Up…

Join us Sunday, April 15, 2018, for our first Meetup on decoding Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Living.

To register for the MeetUp, please visit the Toronto Meaningful Living Meetup site.

Decoding Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Living the Good Life

Date 3rd Sunday every month (starting April 2018)
Time 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location 13 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto
Fee (maintenance, refreshments) $5.00 (fee waived for INPM members)

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is currently the No. 1 bestseller. This phenomenal success makes us wonder why this book attracts so much attention and whether we can benefit from reading it.

From my perspective, his success can be primarily attributed to (1) his ability (powerful intellect, formidable debating skills, and talent in writing and storytelling) to be a courageous authentic voice for the silent majority and their discontents and (2) his fearless and compelling arguments against totalitarianism in any form or shape.

Dr. Peterson is angry against the tyranny of any kind of totalitarian ideology with good reason. More specifically, his battle is to reclaim (1) personal freedom and responsibility against the political correctness of democracy and the slavery of communism; (2) masculinity against radical feminism and postmodern Marxism; and (3) spirituality and/or religion against secularism, materialism, and scientism. These themes run through the entire book.

More importantly, his 12 rules are based on time-tested wisdoms from East and West as well as his own life experiences as a parent, professor, and clinical psychologist. His views are consistent with my existential positive psychology of living the good life through balancing yin-yang; that means we need to take personal responsibility to (1) repair what is broken, endure and overcome suffering, and—at the same time—(2) work hard and make the necessary sacrifices in our daily striving to pursue a worthwhile life goal and care for others and society.

Dr. Peterson’s book has a wealth of valuable information, but it is not easy to read because of the complex subject matters it attempts to tackle and his elaborate way of weaving different threads to support his arguments. It can be frustrating to those not familiar with the Bible, mythology, existential literature, and his metaphorical language. It is also frustrating to endure his endless ramblings on his personal views in order to get to the substance of what he actually says. Despite all this, his book can still be very rewarding and helpful to readers of different levels of education and philosophical sophistication.

This is why I am offering four lessons to decode Dr. Peterson’s 12 rules for living a good life for both religious and non-religious people, followed by group discussions on how to apply these rules to their own lives. I believe that it will make a difference in your life.

Dr. Peterson is no stranger to our group. He has spoken three times at the INPM’s International Meaning Conferences. He even did an interview on the meaning of life at the end of taping our meaningful living meetup. I am looking forward to seeing you all in this new series.

To register for the MeetUp, please visit the Toronto Meaningful Living Meetup site.

What Makes the Meaningful Living Project Successful?

Here are seven reasons why:

  1. It is community-based and free.
  2. It is organic and inclusive.
  3. It meets people’s basic psychological needs for well-being and flourishing.
  4. It is intellectually stimulating and experientially enriching.
  5. It is based on the latest positive psychology research and time-tested wisdom from East and West.
  6. It focuses on not only personal growth but also the betterment of the world.
  7. It provides a new vision for personal and global transformation.