Ever notice how the word tactic includes the word tact?
It’s not really in my nature as an Aries to be tactful. I prefer the direct approach, straight to the heart of the problem with my sword. This can create problems of its own.
To be tactful is generally a good tactic, especially when publicly challenging someone’s long-held and widely-disseminated beliefs.
This weekend, I will be starting a series of essays analyzing the Jordan B. Peterson Phenomenon. I consider this, and him, a valuable opportunity for addressing social, cultural, psychological and spiritual questions of burning significance—not just for me but, I hope, to those who read this blog.
Some of you (a very small few) will never have heard of Jordan B. Peterson.
Some of you (quite a few more) will have followed his high-speed ascent from an unknown professor at the University of Toronto to the most controversial public speaker and intellectual since . . . I hesitate to make a comparison because: a) in the age of internet media, there probably isn’t one; b) comparing the JBP phenomenon to previous phenomena might suggest an unintended comparison of individuals, which would give the wrong impression (if for example I had inserted Martin Luther King or Adolf Hitler in the above blank).
The majority of readers at this blog, however, at a guess, have heard of Jordan B. Peterson but have not spent too much time on him. Possibly this is because you have assumed that he was just one more player in an ongoing program of social engineering, as mapped over the years at this blog. And it is true that Jordan B. Peterson is certainly possessed of many attributes characteristic of the agents of social engineering, and is even openly advocating it in his own idiosyncratic way. Add to this the fact of his huge popularity and social influence, and your reasonable assumption may be that, anything with this many flies buzzing around it, has to be stinky.
Maybe so, maybe not. I would say that, at this particular juncture in world history, it behooves us as psycho-cultural analysts and sociopolitical investigators not to jump Gabriel’s trumpet, to keep our minds open, and to proceed with diligence, respect, and caution through the minefield of mid-apocalypse signs and wonders. If we are going to perform an autopsy, let’s at the very first establish that the patient is really dead!
The Jordan B. Peterson phenomenon has many of the same, or similar, characteristics to other cultural leaders or ceremony masters (I will leave out the “false” for now) I have examined, over the past ten years or more, subjects like Whitley Strieber, Carlos Castaneda, John de Ruiter, Stanley Kubrick, and Aleister Crowley. But this time, the subject is front and center on the world stage, in the first full flowerings of a cultural Ministry as it takes root in the collective consciousness. This makes the opportunity that much more compelling, and also correspondingly more far-reaching in potential. (It also makes it a lot easier for me to find artwork for blog posts and not have to make my own. So many thanks in advance, to the artists whose work I will be featuring here, without necessarily giving credit.)
Love him, loathe him, or consider him not worth thinking about at all, Jordan B. Peterson is now a multinational phenomenon with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of eyes on him. Many of these eyes and minds are deeply invested in him and his “Maps of Meaning,” but all of them, to one degree or another, are at least curious about the questions he is raising. These are questions which intersect, or collide, with questions I have been exploring at this blog and elsewhere for lo, the past twenty years or so. For example:
I have already indicated elsewhere some of the potential problems I see regarding Peterson’s “Ministry”; as this series progresses, I will return to these questions and delve deeper into them. First of all, however, I want to focus on the more positive aspects, in order to lay the groundwork for the critical examination to come (or at least create a shoe-horn into more resistant psyches). As such, I ask more regular readers, the more “paranoid” or parapolitically savvy among you, to bear with me. While I will continue making short videos over at my YouTube channel, I won’t necessarily post them here or even list them on YouTube, for the sake of being both tactful and tactical. If you want to keep track of these videos, go to my channel and subscribe. This will also help me to gauge how interested you are in this project.
This leads me to my past point. This project, like everything I do here, is a kind of experiment by which I can test some of my assumptions about the world I live in. One of those assumptions is that, in order to reach large numbers of people, a person must either be in some way complicit with or useful to the controlling agencies within and behind society. Jordan B. Peterson’s rise apparently came about organically and spontaneously, due to a confluence of elements and primarily through the support of a “grass-roots” community of YouTube users. This suggests it happened without the implementation or support of the mainstream media, even if the MSM has since “got with the program,” and ensured the JBP phenomenon continue to build. If this were really the case, it would mean that something other than a covert social engineering program brought about Jordan B. Peterson’s current prominence—something akin to “the will of the people.” Without being naïve about whether this is really possible, or even desirable (or in fact any different from a social engineering program, if the will of the people has already been engineered into them), it does suggest subtleties and nuances at play that a more “broad stroke” view of social engineering doesn’t allow for. It also has tantalizing (and possibly ominous) implications for independent or “liminal” researchers such as myself, struggling to be heard on the margins of the debate.
With this in mind, I would like to recruit a few of my more proactive readers and listeners to participate in an experiment in “viral management,” to help amplify the signal of my investigation and reach new readers who would otherwise be unaware of it and yet who are potentially the readers who might benefit most from it. This naturally includes—I am sure it won’t surprise anyone to hear—Jordan B. Peterson, the frog-man himself.
This won’t require a great deal of work, just a genuine interest and desire to help, and to those who require reward, it will be rewarded not just in the hereafter but in the here and now. If you are interested,
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