Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, has some very interesting things to say about human emotional health, mythology, and religion. In fact, his ideas are profound enough that they ought to be required viewing for anybody who has ever had a strong opinion on the topic of religion.
His ideas are drawn from diverse sources besides mythology: art, literature, philosophy, history, and all of it grounded in science; specifically experimental and clinical psychology. So, it probably shouldn’t be astonishing that he makes so much sense when he explains, well, basically everything. But really, you have to hear him for yourself. I realize that some of these videos are long (no more than an hour), but they’re really worth it. Make the time.
In this first video, Reality and the Sacred, he explains how we actually ignore most of reality, and only really notice it when it becomes a problem for us—and how that fact is symbolized in stories.
In this next one, The Necessity of Virtue, he talks about the nature of virtue, and the nature of evil through examples from religion, literature, and atrocities like the Nazi Holocaust and the mass murders of the Soviet Regime.
Here he explains the story of Genesis and how it relates to consciousness, suffering, and historical acts of evil such as fascism and the Columbine shootings:
So, the good news? My computer malfunction is more or less solved. Without getting into details, it turns out I wasn’t being cracked, specifically. The software was out of date on one of my firewalls, but not where I could easily update it. Now that it’s been taken care of, I get almost no link spam and sites like this blog are now accessible again.
So, problem solved. I’m back baby!
Big news? Not really… just some quick updates:
- Although the game is approaching a more final form, it still hasn’t gelled properly in a couple of important ways. I’m thinking of consulting the Forge about this, but the Forge is entering the “Winter” of its intended lifecycle, and so activity there has slowed down a bit. I haven’t been active on there for months myself, either.
- The Christmas holiday was incredibly busy and tiring, and I’m only now really getting back to normal.
- Got a couple of new & interesting videos to post on the topic of spirituality / psychology. They’ll probably be the subject of my next post, so tune in if you can… if anyone can hear me…
Oh well. In the meantime, be good, keep it real—or as real as reality gets—and enjoy your evening!
Yup, so this time it’s not my fault that my posts are infrequent. My home network has been badly cracked and/or infected by some sort of crazy redirect virus, which prevents me from actually seeing my blog page from my home system. And with only modest computer experience & resources it’s taking some time to resolve. But have no fear, it will be resolved, even if I have to call on the c00l p0wurz of y3 0lde d1g1t4l g0dz of y0r3! Or the power of Grayskull. You know… whichever.
That is all.
I love the irony of that headline—because today’s post is all about a similarly sensational headline on YouTube. “Did the Vatican Create Islam?” the video’s title asks, enticing, provoking you to watch—whose curiosity can resist such a bold claim?
So watch I did, and after enduring the painfully slow text, slideshow, and ominious music (and the second and third part videos), I was informed that the Roman Catholic Church had secretly trained and guided Mohammed to create a social movement that would wipe out the “true” Christians that the church hated, and re-take Jerusalem from the Jews and deliver it to the Vatican with minimal effort. (continue reading…)