Tipping the Scale for Good over Evil

A few weeks ago I listened to the podcast version of a lecture from University of Toronto Professor of Psychology Jordan Peterson on TVO’s Big Ideas series.

Based on the opening of this talk, I didn’t think I was going to like it yet as it progressed, I found it more and more intriguing. As an academician, Professor Peterson has devoted his career to the study of evil, which he notes is distinctly separate from tragedy. He is a great speaker and he weaves in a wide range of content throughout the lecture to end with a very specific message–that each person has an obligation to build their character on a foundation of truth, not deception. He illustrates with examples of how single individuals have had great impact for good in the world. But he also talks about the dangers of relying on belief as a proxy for truth.

His message is powerful and articulately delivered. He speaks about how great the human spirit can be when a person is willing to take on the obligation to develop a truly integrated personal character based on rigorous inquiry.

The lecture is 40+ minutes long, so it’s a bit of a commitment even just to check it out. But the first time I listened to it, I had a classic “NPR driveway moment.” I had arrived home but didn’t want to get out of the car because I had to hear what he was saying.

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