Carnivore Dreams – Jordan Peterson and some garden shots

Morning Glory and some petunias

I’m just going to put in garden pictures, you’ve all seen Jordan before — though I’m gonna talk about Jordan pretty much!

My green peppers have been amazing. I also had some nice jalapenos.

If you look carefully, you can see one of my nice cucumbers hiding by the fence.

I only ended up with one small pumpkin. First time I tried it. Let the powdery mildew get away from me. Will try again next year. My only failure.

Most all the garden I grew from seed. All the morning glories and the purple petunias. The only thing I didn’t grow myself is the red petunias.

The garden this year was delightful. Not perfect but close. I want to get some garlic in next year and try pumpkins again. Tomatoes were nice, arugula, all the herbs, peppers, potatoes.

About Jordan:

I watched him interviewed again and he definitely affirmed my lot in life. Tucker Carlson asked him if he regretted speaking out (he was a practicing psychologist and a university professor in Toronto and taught at Harvard). He of course got slammed for speaking out against cancel culture and the pronoun police and more. It resulted in his life completely changing; he achieved world recognition, made a lot of money, but also garnered a lot of attacks and harrassment. Well, first Tucker asked him if he was “happy” he’d done it.

He said he couldn’t say he was “happy.” He’d ended up losing a quiet life he loved and he dragged his family into all the hoopla. His wife went through kidney cancer and trying to cope, he had some substance problems with xanax that he has been upfront about. Though they also achieved some fame and opportunity out of it, it hasn’t been a walk in the park. Tucker rephrased it to ask him if he “regretted it.” I wish I could get this quote perfectly but I’m paraphrasing:

He said that we all have a responsibility to speak truth. That you pay for your decisions one way or another, and really the price you pay if you are not true to yourself is a bigger price–no matter the outcome. So his point is that what happens after you are true to yourself is really the only thing that can happen and that has to be ok. So in that sense, no, he could not regret it.

He had told his wife he felt he needed to speak out and she agreed and stood by him.

It was good to hear that affirmed. I’ve done just what Jordan did–though I am a nobody and have not achieved world fame–instead I lost my identity (I should say I’ve had to reinvent my identity), I was cancelled, lost my writing future at least in its first incarnation — but more important than that I lost some good friends, a mentor, and alienated some family members.

I lost a lot.

But there was no way I could have done differently.

But Jordan reminded me I could do no differently and what has happened is the only thing that could have happened if I were true to myself. And of course, I’ve tried to make a difference, small as it is. As he puts it, whatever happens after you do that is the best possible outcome.

Jordan also said that if you don’t say what you think, you kill your unborn self.

That’s how it shook out for me. Interestingly, a couple friends I thought were friends for life never even listened to a thing I said before they cut me out of their lives. Others –the situation has just strained things.

But I would answer exactly as Jordan did. Am I “happy” with what I did? No, but the alternative was something I couldn’t live with. What kind of a writer doesn’t write what they really think or say what they really think? Really, what kind of human being does that?

Some people believe there is this great virtue in diplomacy. I’m not sure that is true. Or it’s true only to a point–it’s not true when you must sell your soul so as not to ruffle a feather.

Things may not be as I wanted them, but they are exactly as they should be, the result had to be whatever it was going to be.

That’s the only point in living.

At least for me…

Sorry I’ve been somewhat missing. My dad has had pneumonia we can’t clear, my brother and sister-in-law have covid despite being vaccinated (they are doing well with hydroxy, antibody treatment, and some other therapeutics). And my husband is having some issues we’ve decided to address at Cleveland Clinic. We still haven’t settled on the vaccine, though considering it for him and my son with Down’s. But it won’t be because Mr. Biden mandated it–it’s none of his business.

Happy weekend folks. Be your true selves…

7 thoughts on “Carnivore Dreams – Jordan Peterson and some garden shots

  1. Prayers and thoughts for your family. I got the vaccine because I’m 65 and have health issues, but I agree: ain’t nobody’s business but my doctor’s and Mary’s. And as much as they talk about health care workers not being vaccinated, I can only wonder if someone asked them why. They’re not the type to just say “I don’t wanna!”

    1. Yeah, the health care workers leave you scratching their heads. Why aren’t they lining up for it?? I am actually less convinced it the right thing for humanity than I am for individuals. Though I’m still not totally convinced a future wild virus might be more deadly to the vaccinated. That’s still possible, as is the Marek effect which means the vaccines are pushing out mutation competition and resulting in a truly lethal virus such that anyone not vaccinated will die from it–constant vaccines. Like the chickens, only they don’t live so long. Scary stuff isn’t it? Hope you guys are doing well down there!

      1. I’m hearing a lot of virologists and epidemiologists say that we aren’t going to achieve herd immunity with the vaccine they have, that the way to get that would be to let people get it and get over it and develop immunity that way. We didn’t do anything like this for SARS, and when H1N1 reared its ugly head they already knew how to deal with the flu. I think Fauci led us down the garden path with all this quarantine and mask and social distancing BS, and I’ll bet if we looked at his investment records we’d see he was heavily into Pfizer. Moerna, Johnson & Johnson and Astra-Zeneca…

  2. p.s. I love the name Mary. Everyone should have a wife named Mary. I wanted to name a daughter Mary Kate but it seemed too old fashioned for a woman to cope with today. Of course, I never would have named my daughter Hilary Elizabeth if I’d had a clue who else would have the name. One “l”.

  3. Beautiful post and comments.

    There is a hymn we sing in the LDS church with words I think you will find apropos:

    Do what is right; the day-dawn is breaking,
    Hailing a future of freedom and light.
    Angels above us are silent notes taking
    Of ev’ry action; then do what is right!
    Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
    Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
    And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
    God will protect you; then do what is right!
    2. Do what is right; the shackles are falling.
    Chains of the bondsmen no longer are bright;
    Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
    Truth goeth onward; then do what is right!
    Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
    Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
    And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
    God will protect you; then do what is right!
    3. Do what is right; be faithful and fearless.
    Onward, press onward, the goal is in sight.
    Eyes that are wet now, ere long will be tearless.
    Blessings await you in doing what’s right!
    Do what is right; let the consequence follow.
    Battle for freedom in spirit and might;
    And with stout hearts look ye forth till tomorrow.
    God will protect you; then do what is right!

  4. Blessings to you and your family. Not sure what to make of these momentous times we’re living in…the winds of change don’t bode well. Have you seen Sweet Tooth? It’s on Netflix…not sure if you’re streaming anything off the grid…but it’s spectacular and very relevant to our current times.

  5. Thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely check it out! Last two years we’ve had to take care of my dad back on the grid, but still in northern MI. (Yet we do have internet with Hughesnet off the grid — I was teaching at Northern MI so had to have it, but we turned off directv.) We really are a ways out, though. I miss it so much.

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