WHEN YOU FEEL DOWN – Jordan Peterson (Best Motivational Speech)
It's not neutral to not make sense of things it's very anxiety provoking it's very depressing because if things are so chaotic that you can't get a handle on them your body defaults into emergency preparation mode and your heart rate goes up and your immune system stops working and like you burn.
Yourself out you age rapidly because you're surrounded by nothing you can control it's varying that's an existential crisis right it's anxiety provoking and depressing very hard on people and even more than that it turns out that the way that we're constructed neurophysiologically is that we don't experience any positive emotion.
Unless we have an aim and we can see ourselves progressing towards that aim it isn't precisely attaining the aim that makes us happy as you all know if you've ever attained anything because as soon as you attain it then the whole little game ends then you have to come up with another game right so it's it's sisyphus and that.
That's okay but but it does show that the attainment can't be the thing that drives you because it collapses the game that's what happens when you graduate from university it's like you're king of the mountain for one day and then you're like surf at at starbucks for the next five years you know so.
So what happens is that that human beings are weird creatures because we're much more activated by having an aim and moving towards it than we are by attainment and what that means is you have to have an aim and that means you have to have an interpretation and it also means that the nobler the aim that's one way of thinking about it the.
Better your life and that's a really interesting thing to know because you know you've heard ever since you were tiny that you should act like a good person you shouldn't lie for example and you might think well why the hell should i act like a good person and why not lie you know even a three-year-old can ask that question.
Because smart smart kids learn to lie earlier by the way and they think well why not twist the fabric of reality so that it serves your specific short-term needs i mean that's a great question why not do that why act morally if you can get away with something and it brings you closer to something you want well why not do it these are good questions.
It's not self-evident well it seems to me tied in with what i just mentioned it's like you destabilize yourself and things become chaotic that's not good and if you don't have a noble aim then you have nothing but but shallow trivial pleasures and they don't sustain you and that's not good because because life is.
So difficult so much it's so much suffering it's so complex it ends and everyone dies and it's painful it's like without a noble aim how can you withstand any of that you can't you become desperate and once you become desperate things go things go from bad to worse very rapidly when you become desperate and so there's.
The idea of the noble aim and it's it's not something it's something that's necessary it's the bread that people cannot live without right that's not physical bread it's the noble aim and what is that well it was encapsulated in part in the story of marduk that's that's it's to pay.
Attention it's to speak properly it's to confront chaos it's to make a better world it's something like that and that's enough of a noble aim so that you can stand up without you know cringing at the very thought of your own existence so that you can do something that's worthwhile to justify your wretched position on the planet.
What you're looking for in a text and in the world for that matter is is sufficient order and direction so then we have to think well what is sufficient order and direction means well you don't want to suffer so much that your life is unbearable right that just seems self-evident pain argues for itself.
I think of pain as the fundamental reality because no one disputes it right i mean even if you say that you don't believe in pain it doesn't help when you're in pain you still believe in it right it's it's you can't pry it up with logic and rationality it just stands forth as as what the.
Fundament of existence and that's actually quite useful to know say well you don't want any more of that then is absolutely necessary and i think that's self-evident and then you say wait a minute it's more complicated than that you don't want any more of that that's necessary today but also not tomorrow and not next week and not next month and.
Not next year so however you act now better not compromise how you're going to be in a year because that'll just be counterproductive that's part of the problem with short-term pleasures right it's like active haste repentant leisure everyone knows exactly what that means so you have to act in a way that works now and.
Tomorrow and next week and next month and so forth and so you have to take your future self into account and human beings can do that and taking your future self into account isn't much different than taking other people into account and the idea is this is that if you configure your life so that what you are genuinely doing is.
Aiming at the highest possible good then the things that you need to to survive and to thrive on a day-to-day basis will deliver themselves to you that's a hypothesis and it's not some simple hypothesis right because what it basically says is if you dare to do the most difficult thing that you can.
Conceptualize your life will work out better than it will if you do anything else well how are you going to find out if that's true well it's a kierkegaardian leap of faith there's no way you're going to find out whether or not that's true unless you do it so no one no one can tell you either because just because it works for someone else i.
Mean that's interesting and all that but it's no proof that it'll work for you you have to be all in in this game and so the idea is seek ye first the kingdom of god and his righteousness it's like that's actually a fairly important caution when you're talking about not having to pay attention to what you're.
Going to eat or what you're going to wear it's like what it's essentially saying is that those problems are trivial in comparison and the probability is that if you manifest yourself properly in the world that those things will come your way is extraordinarily high and i believe i believe that that's exactly right i mean.
I i've watched people operate in the world and i would say that there is no more effective way of operating in the world than to conceptualize the highest good that you can and then strive to attain it there's no more practical pathway.
To the kind of success that you could have if you actually knew what success was tell the truth do not do things that you hate which i think is a variant of telling the truth because you have to act out the truth as well as telling it.
Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act that's obviously related to the first two pursue what is meaningful not what is expedient if you have to choose be the one who does things instead of the one who is seen to do things pay attention.
Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you need to know listen to them hard enough so that they will share it with you plan and work diligently to maintain the romance in your relationships be careful who you share good news with be careful who you share bad news with make at least one thing better every.
Single place you go imagine who you could be and then aim single-mindedly at that do not allow yourself to become arrogant or resentful try to make one room in your house as beautiful as possible compare yourself to who you were yesterday not just who someone else is.
Today work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens if old memories still make you cry write them down carefully and completely maintain your connections with people do not carelessly denigrate social institutions or artistic achievement treat yourself as if you were someone.
That you are responsible for helping ask someone to do you a small favor so that he or she can ask you to do one in the future make friends with people who want the best for you do not try to rescue someone who does not want to be rescued and be very careful about rescuing someone who does.
Nothing well done is insignificant set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world dress like the person you want to be be precise in your speech stand up straight with your shoulders back don't avoid something frightening if it stands in your way and don't do.
Unnecessarily dangerous things do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them do not transform your wife into a maid do not hide unwanted things in the fog notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has been abdicated read something written by someone great pet a cat when you encounter one on the.
Street don't bother children when they're skateboarding don't let bullies get away with it write a letter to the government if you see something that needs fixing and propose a solution remember that what you do not yet know is more important than what you already.
Know and be grateful in spite of your suffering you