Author Archives: Darrick Dean

How Many Times Must We Fight the Book Banners?

A school district in California has banned To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnOf Mice and Men, among others. How many times must we fight this battle?

Each of the books in question deal with difficult subject matter from our country’s complicated and painful history, including systemic racism. Blocking engagement with these important books is also avoiding the important role that schools can and should play in providing context for why these books inspire and challenge us still today. – Tom Ciccotta

And over at Penguin Random House, employees try to get Jordan Peterson’s new book banned — based on lies about the author. In fact, grown adults were crying that the book is being published. Johnathan Kay writes:

People are dying from Covid, losing their businesses, and these spoiled brats transform into babies because their employer is publishing a book they don’t like.

Indeed, the fact such people work at a publisher — supposed protectors of the freedom of speech — is disturbing.

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12 Rules to End Chaos in Your Life…and the World

{Part 1 of a series of posts reviewing Jordan Peterson‘s book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.}

Jordan Peterson‘s bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, challenges people to get their own lives under control before trying to change the world. No, this isn’t just another book about steps to success or happiness. This isn’t some fad book-of-the-week that are no different than the previous twenty forgettable books. Peterson asks readers to reach deep intellectually. Drawing on ancient history and science, and critical thinking, this clearly isn’t just some fuzzy book on “self care” or quick fixes.

Norman Doidge sets the stage in the forward writing:

…without rules we quickly become slaves to our passions — and there’s nothing freeing about that…Ideologues are people who pretend they know how to ‘make the world a better place’ before they’ve taken care of their own chaos within…Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.

And in no time in recent memory are people in need of clear thinking in the face of ideologues and extremists. Peterson was attacked for his defense of free speech and academic freedom by those who claimed to be “open-minded” or “progressive.” Doidge notes, whether they realize it or not:

…millennials are living through a unique historical situation. They [have been]..thoroughly taught two seemingly contradictory ideas about morality…[leaving them] disoriented and uncertain…tragically deprived of riches they don’t even know exist.

And so a generation has been raised untutored in what was called, aptly, ‘practical wisdom,’ which guided previous generations…[suffering] a form of serious intellectual and moral neglect. The relativists…chose to devalue thousands of years of human knowledge about how to acquire virtue…

..made worse by this moral relativism; [people] cannot live without a moral compass, without an ideal at which to aim in their lives…So, right alongside relativism, we find the spread of nihilism and despair, and also the opposite of moral relativism: the blind certainty offered by ideologies that claim to have an answer for everything…Sometimes it seems the only people willing to give advice in a relativistic society are those with the least to offer.

Whereas many, in their hubris, think the past as nothing to offer, our ancestors knew differently:

For the ancients, the discovery that different people have different ideas about how, practically, to live, did not paralyze them; it deepened their understanding of humanity and led to some of the most satisfying conversations human beings ever had, about how life might be lived.

Then Peterson begins:

Through the elevation and development of the individual, and through the willingness of everyone to shoulder the burden of Being and to take the heroic path. We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world…the alternative — the horror of authoritarian belief, the chaos of the collapsed state, the tragic catastrophe of the unbridled natural world, the existential angst and weakness of the purposeless individual — is clearly worse.

{In part 2 of this review, we will look at Peterson’s first three rules.}

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Why do You Write?

“Fall in love and stay in love. Do what you love, don’t do anything else. Don’t write for money. Write because you love to do something. If you write for money, you won’t write anything worth reading.” – Ray Bradbury

Read more of Ray Bradbury’s writing advice here.

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Will You Reclaim Liberty from the Ruling Class?

“The Ruling Class have only one abiding belief: they are superior beings placed on earth to be its rulers.” – Lawrence Lindsey

It’s amazing, no matter how much debt they accumulate, how many wars they begin, how much corruption they cover up, the Ruling Class manages to convince the population to keep them in power. Through false promises, obfuscation, deception, and turning people against each other, the Ruling Class tricks people into preserving corruption, oppression and erosion of liberties.

Will me make the mistakes of the past and not wake up until the apocalyptic collapse of economies, or the rise of dystopian rulers, wake us from our slumber?

History provides the lessons, the warnings.

Will we listen?

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Mob Rule in Seattle

Christopher Rufo, director of America Lost, presents this documentary short on what happened in Seattle: Mob Rule in Seattle. He speaks to various citizens of Seattle including police officers, street czar Andre Taylor (whose brother and been killed by police in 2016), and Horace Anderson who lost his son in the riots.

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Climbing Out of Your Silo

I understand that in a sense we all live in a silo, following our preferred sources of information. But…[some] function in a cult-like manner. All competing information is excluded. Debate is avoided. Contact with outsiders is discouraged. Anyone who leaves the cult and goes over to the other side is demonized. To admit doubts even in private is to invite censure. The other side is demonized and distorted. Thus a consensus in favor of the ruling narrative is maintained. Sure, those in the cult are well aware of the existence of people outside, but rarely if ever converse with them. Why anyone would wish to live outside, unless they are stupid, deluded, or wicked, is a subject of distressed bewilderment. – David Klinghoffer

Klinghoffer’s article is directed at the evolution model of origins, a model that scientifically collapsed many years ago. Yet it is kept on life support not by science, but by philosophical materialism.

However, the main point of the piece (quoted above) applies to all subject matter and the abandonment of critical thought. Thinking and research isn’t hard, but we have been told otherwise. We pretend to educate people in how to critically think, while telling them not to question anything. I guess people feel safe in a silo of thought, but from the outside it looks sad. Cults and fundamentalist thinking always end in disaster.

We move so slowly forward, and so quickly backwards, and if you’re in a silo, you won’t see the bricks collapsing until it’s too late.

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Tolkien’s Unfinished Sequel to LOTR

When Sauron was destroyed at the end of the Third Age, was that the end of evil? No, as Tolkien knew, evil would try to creep across the land again. He had began to outline what would unfold in the generations after The Lord of the Rings, prefaced on the nature of evil:

If evil is not faced up to and confronted, it will spread…the Dark Tree, the concept of growing evil…a dark tree whose roots can never be fully destroyed so that evil will once again arise if the tree is left untended or unwatched. When we do not actively keep watch for evil, it will return…Sometimes in order to preserve the good in the world, we need to step put of the Shire with hope in our hearts, and journey to the darkest places whatever the cost. – “In Deep Geek”

The sequel was never completed, but Tolkien’s vision and warnings about evil live on. Learn more about J.R.R. Tolkien’s unfinished sequel to The Lord of the Rings here.

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Your Brain is a Superpower

Rather than codifying the ‘special’ wisdom and knowledge of a few fallible men into governmental law, we must base policy on the protection of the rights of all men. We need more critical thinking, less mindless trust; more responsible self-education and self-governance, less abdication of such responsibility to ‘experts’; more individual, informed decision-making, less acceptance of one-size-fits-all mandates.

We are not mindless robots; our politicians and their advisors are not infallible dictators. It’s time for us to send that message to them loud and clear. -Tabitha Alloway

What Ms. Alloway is writing about here and in the full article: The misuse of science; those who think if they use the word “science” then they should not be questioned; and those who act as if science is free of influence or possible error. I feel bad for those who think they are not capable of evaluating what they are told is true by experts (real or imagined). Testing and questioning is at the foundation of the sciences. Those who tell you not to question, or suppress questions, should be held in suspicion.

Your brain is a superpower. Use it.

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What Bradbury Taught us About Art & Imagination

This is why we need art — not only because art can address the problems politics can’t, such as problems of the soul…but also because art, in a real way, strips away the material to reveal the real.

If [Ray] Bradbury’s ghost could come back on his century, he would likely say the best and greatest gift we could give him would be to stuff ourselves with ideas and metaphors to fuel our imaginations in order to create. In that way, he would say, we could really be alive. – Nathan Stone

Read more about the legendary author Ray Bradbury here.

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Do the Impossible

Thus something impossible will probably be accomplished through something else which has always been equally impossible, but which remains no longer. – Robert H. Goddard

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