I always think that the question is like a lantern. It illuminates new landscapes and new areas as it moves.*
The capacity of the rational mind to deceive, manipulate, scheme, trick, falsify, minimise, mislead, betray, prevaricate, deny, omit, rationalise, bias, exaggerate and obscure is so endless, so remarkable, that centuries of pre-scientific though, concentrating on clarifying the nature of moral endeavour, regarded it as positively demonic.**
We know what Jordan Peterson says is true because, if we go through his list, we’ll come up with examples for each – though, hopefully small ones.
We need to question our thinking in an ongoing and consistent way.
We will be enabled in this if we gather a tribe of questioners to help, those who will help us pose the kind of questions that cut through all the garbage we can come up with. People who think differently to us, who throw us some koans each day and make us look differently at our own thinking and behaving.
Since the inauguration of printing, these people have not needed to be in the same room as us. This is truer now than ever, but people we can get together with and explore thinking with are the best kind of questioners of all.
(*John O’Donohue, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: A Gentle Corrective for the Epidemic of Identity Politics.)
(**From Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life – my main read for August.)