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Jordan Peterson's 3rd Rule, Blake's a Poison Tree and The Elixir of Valor

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.'

A Poison Tree


I was angry with my friend;

I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe:

I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I waterd it in fears,

Night & morning with my tears:

And I sunned it with smiles,

And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.

Till it bore an apple bright.

And my foe beheld it shine,

And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole,

When the night had veild the pole;

In the morning glad I see;

My foe outstretched beneath the tree.