1. Jordan B Peterson

    Tell the truth.
    Do not do things that you hate.
    Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act.
    Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient.
    If you have to choose, be the one who does things, instead of the one who is seen to do things.
    Pay attention.
    Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know. Listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you.
    Plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships.
    Be careful who you share good news with.
    Be careful who you share bad news with.
    Make at least one thing better every single place you go.
    Imagine who you could be, and then aim single-mindedly at that.
    Do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful.
    Try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible.
    Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
    Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens.
    If old memories still make you cry, write them down carefully and completely.
    Maintain your connections with people.
    Do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement.
    Treat yourself as if you were someone that you are responsible for helping.
    Ask someone to do you a small favour, so that he or she can ask you to do one in the future.
    Make friends with people who want the best for you.
    Do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued, and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.
    Nothing well done is insignificant.
    Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.
    Dress like the person you want to be.
    Be precise in your speech.
    Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
    Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way — and don’t do unnecessarily dangerous things.
    Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.
    Do not transform your wife into a maid.
    Do not hide unwanted things in the fog.
    Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated.
    Read something written by someone great.
    Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.
    Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.
    Don’t let bullies get away with it.
    Write a letter to the government if you see something that needs fixing — and propose a solution.
    Remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already know.
    Be grateful in spite of your suffering.

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  13. What’s a human possibility? Well no one knows. Maybe it’s near infinite. We know nothing about our own being or our relationship with the totality of things. We may occupy a more important place than we all think. And the consequences of our actions, our virtues or our lack thereof, echo, may echo, far beyond what we want to believe. So I would say try to find out what’s good for you. Just watch. Don’t listen to anybody else. Or maybe you should. Maybe they’ll give you some hints, you know. But you’ve got to sort it out for yourself. And when you find out what’s good for you and what isn’t, do the things that are good for you. Until you like being alive, until you’re thrilled to be alive. See what happens. And I would also suggest there’s nothing you could possibly do that will be more profound and useful than that.

    — The Necessity of Virtue – Jordan B. Peterson | Memoirs of an Amnesic

  14. This is pay attention to what’s meaningful because you can see what that is. You may find you’re terrified of it because everybody’s got this little secret wish…’I really love doing…’ I don’t know what it is. It’s different things for different people, but they’re afraid to do it, because as soon as you do what you really love, then you expose your nakedness, right? You say this is what I really like. Instead you just shove that under the bed and do something you don’t care about at all and then if people judge you, it doesn’t matter. But the problem with that is there’s no life there. There’s no force. There’s no you. And without that the suffering will do you in and then you will become a bad person and that’s not a good thing. So you have to see what it is that you find meaningful, whatever that is. And then you have to fight for it. You have to fight against yourself, you have to fight against other people because what do they know about it? You have to fight against nature maybe even to stand up for what it is that sustains you. And that takes courage. It also takes honesty. Partly because if you’re not honest you can’t trust your own intuitions. And this is an important thing. Think about this and this is why virtue is a necessity. If you lie to yourself or to other people, then you corrupt the structure that you use to interact with being. You corrupt it. And if you corrupt it, then if you listen to it, it will guide you to the wrong way. Or maybe it’ll be so corrupted you can’t listen to it at all and then you’ll have to listen to somebody else. And that might not be a good thing, especially if you’re already corrupted. Because then you’ll listen to the person who tells you to do what you really want to do but won’t admit it to yourself. And that explains how Hitler found all his followers. They had abandoned they’re own mode of being, it made them bitter and resentful, and empty and hollow, and weak and cruel. And then they trained their leader to tell them what they wanted to hear. If you’re honest, which is painful, you see that a lot of the things that you say aren’t real. You’ll see that a lot of the things that you do make you weak. You’ll see that a lot of the people that you associate with are probably not good for you. And then you have a lot of difficult choices to make. You can stop with the obvious lieing. That’ll clear things up for you a lot. And you can start communicating with people.

    — The Necessity of Virtue – Jordan B. Peterson | Memoirs of an Amnesic