When I put up my Jordan Peterson greatest hits collection on Monday I knew that I had missed a few posts that I had written about him, but unfortunately my search engine hits couldn’t pick them up. (Yes, I know that this is the point that other bloggers start muttering things about tabs, but I don’t use them and there’s no going back now.)
What I was disappointed at not finding were my early pieces where I believed that Peterson was the real deal. Thankfully, a reader dug up the main one, (though I think that there are some more), and so I have added it to the original article with an update as well.
Finding that piece then caused me to remember another piece about Peterson when he cut down Cathy Newman in that infamous interview, so that too has been added to the mix.
Reader Sharkly left a comment regarding the addition of these two posts.
LOL!! Quite the fanboi, Adam was. It just goes to show, how tough it is to always be right about everything.
Nobody can be right about everything. Jesus was the only exception, quite rightly, being the son of God and all. But the rest of us have to make do with being right some of the time. What really counts is correcting yourself when new information comes to hand, or when you begin to suspect that your original position might have been incorrect.
One of the behavioral characteristics of the left in particular, but not only, is the inability to correct themselves in this way. But they are also like crabs in a bucket; if someone else changes their mind on an issue then the left will mock them mercilessly. To these people, changing your mind is a sign of intellectual weakness rather than strength. Thus, they believe that they are always right because to change your mind is abhorrent to them.
This reveals that they deal in dogma as opposed to truth, for we know that nobody can be right all of the time. That is why on my personal opinion page I have the following caveat:
Please note: as an adult I reserve the right to alter or change the following positions based on new and relevant information as it comes to hand. Contrary to what many of you may think, it is not a sign of weakness to act in this way. Those who hold rigidly to their opinions in the face of all contrary evidence practice dogma. And those who would criticize someone for changing their opinion are infantile and will not be engaged with here.
So, yes – I was wrong about Peterson. I too at the very beginning thought that he was the real deal and it was mainly because I really wanted him to be the real deal. I have no problem at all with acknowledging this, apart from the fact that it would be ridiculous to pretend otherwise. But you don’t want to trap yourself into a false sense of being some sort of guru at getting things right. We all make mistakes and false calls. What counts is keeping an open mind and constantly challenging your own assumptions.