12 Rules for Life
Jordan Peterson
Contributed by Nina Calhoun
Chapter 6

When tragedy befalls a man, he is inclined to blame other actors or nature. The individuals close their eyes to glaring deficiencies. While there are humans’ sufferings that are caused by the hostility of human nature, most of the troubles that humans encounter are caused by personal mistakes, bad choices and poor decision-making. Peterson records that, “Everyone is destined for pain and slated for destruction. Sometimes suffering is the result of a personal fault such as willful blindness, poor decision." The world gives people what they deserve. This concept can be problematic for the individuals who do not want to use challenges as stepping stones or building blocks to greater things. When an individual suffers, it is natural for them to feel outraged. To this, Peterson says that "If you are suffering – well, that's the norm. People are limited, and life is tragic.”


Nature is generally accused when individuals fall into problems because this is “the easy way out”. The world is full of challenges, and in many situations, individuals are seeking excuses and objects for which they could blame for their trials and troubles. Peterson says that individuals are personally responsible for the conditions that they face. The most critical lesson in this chapter is that "clean up your life." There is no point in which life has been destroyed beyond repair. Individuals must take responsibility and take active steps towards correcting the wrongdoings in their lives. Blaming other people, systems and nature are not likely to lead to success as it can be problematic in the long run. Although placing blame may be effective for a certain situation, making this a habit will, without a doubt, lead to trouble.

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