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  • Sacrifice. You get to pick your damn sacrifice.

  • That's all. You don't get to not make one. You're sacrificial

  • whether you want to be or not. This is the Peter Pan story roughly speaking .

  • Peter Pan is this magical boy pan means pan is the god of everything roughly

  • speaking right and so it's not an accident that he has the name Pan and

  • he's the boy that won't grow up and he's magical. Well that's because children are

  • magical they can be anything they're nothing but potential and Peter Pan

  • doesn't want to give that up. Why? well he's got some adults around him but the

  • main adult is Captain Hook. Well who the hell wants to grow up to be Captain Hook?

  • First of all you've got a hook. Second, you're a tyrant and third you're chased

  • by the dragon of chaos with the clock in its stomach, right, the crocodile.

  • It's already got a piece of you well that's what happens when you get older time has

  • already got a piece of you and eventually it's got a taste for you and

  • eventually it's going to eat you and so Herc is so traumatized by that that he

  • can't help but be a tyrant and then Peter Pan looks at traumatized Herc and

  • says well no I'm not sacrificing my childhood for that so that's fine except

  • he ends up king of Lost Boys in Neverland well Neverland doesn't exist

  • and who the hell wants to be king of the Lost Boys and he also sacrifices the

  • possibility that held a real relationship with a woman because that's

  • Wendy right and she's kind of conservative middle-class London

  • dwelling girl she wants to grow up and have kids and have a life she accepts

  • her mortality she accepts her maturity Peter Pan has to content himself with

  • Tinkerbell she doesn't even exist she's like she's like the fairy of porn.

  • She doesn't exist. She's the substitute for the real thing.

  • and so but the dichotomy that you're talking about is very tricky because

  • there's a sacrificial element in maturation

  • right you have to sacrifice the pleura potentiality of childhood for the

  • actuality of a frame and the question is well why would you do that well one

  • reason is it happens to you whether you do it or not you can either choose your

  • damn limitation or you can let it take you unaware when you're 30 or even worse

  • when you're 40 and then that is not a happy day and you see I see people like

  • this and I think it's more and more common in our culture because people can

  • put off maturity without suffering an immediate penalty but all that happens

  • is the penalty accrues and then when it finally hits it just Wallops you because

  • when you're 25 you could be an idiot it's no problem

  • even when you're out in a job search it's like well you don't have any

  • experience and you're kind of clueless yeah yeah you're young you know it's no

  • problem we can that's what young people are like but they're full of potential

  • okay well now you're the same person at 30 it's like people aren't so thrilled

  • about you at that point it's like what the hell have you been doing for the

  • last ten years well I'm just as clueless as I was when I was 22 yeah but you're

  • not 22 you're an old infant right and that's an

  • ugly thing an old infant so the raised part of the reason you choose your damn

  • sacrifice because the sacrifice is inevitable but at least you get to

  • choose it and then there's something that's that's even more complex than

  • that in some sense is that the problem with being a child is that all you are

  • is potential and its really low resolution you could be anything but

  • you're not anything so then you go and you do adopt an apprenticeship roughly

  • speaking and then you become at least you become something and when you're

  • something that makes the world open up to you again you know like if you're a

  • really good plumber then you end up being far more than a plumber right you

  • end up being a good employer not not that plumbers I'm not putting plumbers

  • down it's like more power to X plumbers they've saved more lives than doctors so

  • hygiene right so you know if you're a really good plumber well then you have

  • some employees you run a business you you you make you you train some other

  • people you enlarge their lives you're kind of a pillar of the community you

  • you have your family it's you can once you pass through that

  • narrow training period which narrows you and constricts you and develops you at

  • the same time then you can come out the other end with a bunch of new

  • possibility at hell at hand and Jung talked about that he thought that the

  • proper part of the proper path of development in the last half of life was

  • to rediscover the child that you left behind as you were apprentice it and so

  • then you get to be something and regain that potential at the same time very

  • very smart well he was very very smart so that's a very wise very wise thing to

  • know sacrifice you get to pick your damn sacrifice that's all you don't get to

  • not make what your sacrificial whether you want to be or not that's a good

  • thing to know as well if you want to hear more insights from dr. jordan

  • peterson we highly recommend checking out his book twelve rules for life you

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Choose Your Sacrifice - Jordan Peterson's Best Advice to Young Adults

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