The first book I read was “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson. This book is commonly misinterpreted by people looking to dismantle Professor Peterson’s perception of life and how to thrive in it. It is a common breeding ground for strawmen but that doesn’t mean everyone intentionally attempts to not understand it fully. While I do not fall under the category of the former of the two groups it is possible I fall into the latter. So while my perception of what we will analyze in the book may be convincing to some, always take everything with a grain of salt. The first thing I would like to go over is a bit of the foreword and some of the first rule. So the first idea within the book is that of how society is structured and how the world can be perceived. I agree with Prof. Peterson when he says you can look at life materialistically or spiritually. While I am not a spiritual person I can agree with this so long as I mention that it is more of a psychological way to look at life rather than a spiritual way. I think it is interesting but accurate to look at life through the lens of Taoism. Chaos and order reign supreme in human psychology. I agree with the opinion that humans desire order and underestimate chaos. People always see chaos as bad and order as good. It is actually a case where too much order is bad and too much chaos is bad, but both in balance are perfect. It is my belief that, while America is experiencing some political turmoil, it is one of the most well-balanced countries in the world when it comes to chaos and order. You may disagree and we could argue all day about it but look around you. We have a police force that maintains order within the population but doesn’t create so much order that we turn into a police state. But America has enough freedom to allow for a healthy amount of chaos, which could be seen as disagreements between citizens or our freedoms. It is not perfect, but it is the closest thing we have to a great country. The next part of the book I would like to go over is “Rule 6 – Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.” This is, at its base, saying that you cannot fix problems within the world, or others unless you fix the problems with you. We can see this rule broken, at least in my opinion, in many groups, such as a good portion of BLM. For instance, there are some Black Lives Matter activists that claim that the world is a terrible place for them to be and that other people need to change their ways to make their lives better. Some say the black community is oppressed by other ethnic communities. This could be true and it could be wrong, I won’t argue anything about that, but we see statistics like “90% of murders of blacks were committed by blacks” from politifact.com (https://www.politifact.com/florida/article/2015/may/21/updated-look-statistics-black-black-murders/). Now I encourage you to look more at the article and do more research for yourself because this data is from 2013 at it may be different today, but it serves the purpose of showing that the black community has just as many problems as any other ethnic community. This can be seen because in the same article it was stated that in 2013, 83% of whites were killed by other whites. So no one is excluded from the problem of murder and it is something we all have to come together to solve. You can see how much this rule means to me though because there is nothing I dislike more than hypocrisy. Overall I particularly enjoyed the foreword, rule 1, and rule 6 in the book. I felt they were very relevant to today and I enjoyed talking about how I feel about them in this blog.