“Winning The Lottery Is Generally Not A Good Thing For People” Jordan Peterson Video



Winning the Lottery


In this lecture, he discusses the context within which the theory he is delineating through this course emerge: that of the cold war.
What is belief? Why is it so important to people? Why will they fight to protect it?
He proposes that belief unites a culture’s expectations and desires with the actions of its people,
and that the match between those two allows for cooperative action and maintains emotional stability.
He suggests, further, that culture has a deep narrative structure, presenting the world as a forum for action,
with characters representing the individual, the known, and the unknown — or the individual, culture and nature — or the individual, order and chaos.

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so I’m gonna start talking to you about Pinocchio a little bit weirdly enough I hope you enjoy this and the reason I want to do it is because I want to I want to put some I want to bring what I told you abstractly down to earth and then you can start thinking well do the conceptions that I’ve introduced to you are they are they good for anything did they help that’s the order descent into chaos re established with a border that’s Paradise Lost profane history Paradise Regained it’s the classic comedy and that’s the story of life and so the question is how do you manage it and so that’s a question you really want to know the answer to so you’ll go you’ll pay money weirdly you’ll line up and pay money to see a story about that even if you don’t even know that that’s what the story is about and the reason for that is that actually part of you does know what the story’s about you know you have multi or cognition has multiple layers you understand things that you don’t know you understand in ways that you don’t understand and you can tell that because you know we talked about Pinocchio a little bit how absurd it is and that it doesn’t matter no it’s not quite the same thing it’s a good question and we will address that we will address that I mean winning the lottery is generally not a good idea for people you know because it’s just too much it’s too much for them flips their lives upside down so and they tend at best to return to their original baseline level of emotion but yes something remarkably good I mean it’s a lot better than something remarkably bad obviously but it still can have that destabilizing effect so it depends on what elements of your life it disrupts it’s like it’s some some in some sense you have a map that you’re operating within in the world and that map is predicated on assumptions of different sorts some shallow some profound when the profound assumptions are devastated huge chunks of the map are invalidated and that can happen sometimes when dramatically positive things happen as well so but the fundamental rule is the more of your axiomatic presuppositions are disrupted the harder it is on you you know like maybe you quit your job because he won the lottery it’s like hey I’m off to the beach I’m gonna drink margaritas it’s like that’ll work for about four days you know you do that for three months you’re a you’re a beach alcoholic it’s like that’s a real improvement you know so it’s not that easy and often if you take people out of their routine you know they just flounder their circadian rhythms go they don’t eat properly they don’t know what the hell to do you know so this is often why people have such a hard time when they retire I’m gonna retire and relax it’s like if I relaxed for two weeks I would die you know I need something to do I need to be engaged in something Pinocchio Disney movie and early one masterpiece and so I’m gonna walk you through it and I’m going to tell you what I think it means and you can tell me if you think that that’s useful and I’m only going to do that for about ten minutes today because I do want to cover some of the details of the class and then next class will continue with this so you.

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