Yes, Quasi, I must agree he seems to have just a wee bit of the fanatic in him, albeit a benign version, (if there is such a thing). One thing that strikes me when watching him is his utter single-mindedness while delivering his lectures. Often, his students seem to be paying absolutely no attention to him at all, and some even seem to be blatantly displaying their lack of interest, as if to make a point. Yet he persists, and it never seems to faze him.
Maybe he thinks, "Well, if they're going to ignore me, I'm going to ignore them".
Certainly he's passionately devoted to his message. He's like a latter-day prophet who's had an epiphany and feels compelled to share it, and spread the word; to save the people before it's too late. His tragedy is, of course, that it's already too late.
I think the crux of his message is, "Be real!" But his audience, and society in general, is past that now. As you rightly say, he should have come along in the 60s, when youth was being fed fairytales and believing them. He might have been able to break the spell of the bs of those days. Now, they all believe in different fairytales, but the nonsense today is much more potent and they believe it much more earnestly. Young people are so very easily manipulated, especially if the manipulators first engage young peoples' desire to return to their innocent and easy babyhood. The paradox is, young people long to escape childhood, yet they will passionately embrace any "cause" if it promises to make them feel like children again. That's why the neo-Marxist promised utopia is irresistible to them. It's an old, old story..
It's the same in every generation. People, when young, and having entered upon the big bad world, are attracted to anything that hints of a possible return to the safety and comfort of babyhood. It's a well-known topic in many psychological theories of human nature. Dr Peterson knows it, perfectly well. It seems to me that all of his teachings contain an underlying message of "Grow up! Be real!"
He does speak as if he believes that we can solve any problem, that's true. But I think that belief comes from his knowledge of fundamental human nature. He knows how people can be when they think straight and rid themselves of all their acquired bs.
The hippies thought that their acquired bs was all of the "bad sh!t" they had been told by the older generation, and so they eagerly abandoned things that made sense, and which actually could make life better. They were totally oblivious of what they were, in fact, losing. Today's generation of "reformers" are doing exactly the same thing. The only difference is that they have been manipulated from an earlier age, when they were totally receptive, and the effect has been more potent as a result. They are much more convinced of the rightness of their "causes", because they have absolutely no self-examination and self-awareness.
I haven't noticed the pro-capitalism in his message. But I believe you if you say it's there. His evangelistic side, though, is very obvious. That's the only facet of his presentation that I tend to block out. Still, I suppose it's inevitable for a man whose nature is so passionately concerned with the betterment of people.
I heard a story about some of his Harvard students weeping when they learned Peterson was going back to Canada so I'm not too sure about his lecturing to bored and disinterested students ! Although I did see a video where one of his female students picked up her things and walked out about five minutes in. The Woke crowd would see him as the Enemy of course so I guess he has a self selecting following.
Peterson takes it all very personally and it costs him dearly in terms of the emotional toll it takes on him. I didn't understand that until I saw the little documentary that was made about him and realised that he lives with a high level of anxiety that he was taking medication to keep under some kind of control. But that all came disastrously unstuck which is why he has gone missing these last six months.
Well the only problem with telling young people to " Grow up and be real ! " is that they don't know what that means. But Peterson has spelled it out in great detail with illustrations and step-by-step instructions which is I think a first so he should be applauded and appreciated for that.
I did read something about a health issue he had, but I didn't know it was anxiety-related. That makes perfect sense, though. He does take it personally and in fact I feel some mild anxiety for him when I watch some of his lectures. I do see some students who seem to be looking at their iPads or are otherwise distracted. But maybe they're just taking notes.
I can imagine that if I were one of his students and learned that he planned to leave and return to his home, I'd be pretty upset too. Thank goodness for Youtube.
Do you have a link to that doco about him, Quasi?
It's called ' The Rise of Jordan Peterson ' and I downloaded a copy of it via a torrent. I think it has since been released on DVD but I don't know how easily available it is.
Thanks. I'll google that.