The Troubadour Podcast
Jordan Peterson's 3rd Rule, Blake's a Poison Tree and The Elixir of Valor
Apr 16, 2018
Kirk j Barbera
You've probably heard the observation "you are the product of the five people" you spend the most time with." Sounds good, right? Just surround yourself with 5 great people and voila! You'll be great too.
Doesn't work like that though. If we blindly drop one friend we are just as likely to attract a new friend of the same exact type and replay the past.
In this episode we explore Peterson's 3rd rule from his book "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." The rule is "Make friends with people who want the best for you." To do that, however, we must attempt new strategies at finding new types of friends.
To help illuminate the ideas in this chapter I discuss:
The Poison Tree poem by William Blake
Jason and the Argonauts by Apollonius of Rhodes
The myth of Phaethon and the sun chariot.
I wish you luck in your exploration. And if you fail, 'yet nobly dare.'