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Jordan Peterson's 11th Rule & Kipling's 37 Conditions for Manliness


What is masculinity? Why is it under attack today?

These are the fundamental questions addressed in Jordan Peterson's Rule 11: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding.

We'll be exploring the life of MAN from Ancient Greece to modern time. We'll be talking about wildly different men like

  • Demosthenes of Ancient Athens

  • Winston Churchill

  • John Adams

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • George Washington

  • And Your everyday men like me!

Are there conditional requirements to meet before one can enter the eternal fraternity of man? If so what are they and what do they mean? In the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling he sets down a set of 37 conditions he believes in necessary to achieve manliness.

As Peterson addresses in this chapter, there is a sentiment prevelant today that has been growing for the last 50 years. He began to identify this motivational emotion when he noticed that the University of Toronto, where he worked, put "skate stoppers" on certain curbs and on the bases of sculpture. These were designed to stop young skateboarders from grinding their boards against these areas. But they were uglier than any damage a young man could do on his flimsy piece of wood. So what really was their motivation? And what is it about boys and men that seem to crave pain and agression? Is this what so many women today are calling "toxic masculinity?" Is it the same tendency in men that leads to real violence? We'll be exploring these questions any more in this episode. I hope you'll join me in an attempt to understand what this thing we call "masculine" really is.