12 Rules for Life
Jordan Peterson
Contributed by Nina Calhoun
Chapter 8
Summary

Many people have the tendency to tell lies rather than telling the true. If an individual makes a habit of doing this, they may even begin to perceive their lies to be truths. This tendency proves that sometimes accepting reality can be a sacrifice at times, but if one changes this tendency, they can begin a journey towards integrity. It is a way of acting in diligence towards a well-defined and adequately defined role. While there are people who have been successful at using lies to achieve their goals, the victories are, sadly, pyrrhic. When an individual makes myths the foundation of their life, it is as if they are building a house on sand. Peterson aptly states that "If you do not reveal yourself to others, you cannot reveal yourself to yourself. That does not only mean that you suppress who you are, although it also means that. It means that so much of what you could be will never be forced by necessity to come forward.” By living a life full of lies, an individual may not be able to maximize their potential as they have shut the door on opportunities that could have come their way.

Analysis

Having a lifestyle that is dependent on lies is the mode of operation for many individuals. Typically these people imagine themselves in roles that differ from their reality. Many people create these illusions in order to appear in a group of high societal status. On the other side, there are others who are always developing ideologies that paper to paint other people or organisations to be against them. For instance, there are general ideologies such as those that say that the government, the ‘systems are against us' and that the systems of productions are unfavorable. The effect of this kind of life is detrimental as it prevents individuals from seeing beyond their present circumstances. In the long run, the individuals will be incapable of reaching any sort of respectable success if they continue to live an immoral lifestyle.

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