Jordan Peterson – A Harmless Man Is Not a Good Man

Dr Jordan Peterson talks about the importance of having the capability to be cruel as part of self-preservation. He says that the true power lies in being able to be cruel but choosing not to be cruel compared to not having the power to be cruel.

Dr Jordan B. Peterson is a psychologist, author, online educator, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. For twenty years, he has taught some of the most highly regarded courses at Harvard and the University of Toronto while publishing over a hundred well-cited scientific papers with his students and co-authors. His podcast has frequently topped the charts in the education category.


You might say that someone who is incapable of Cruelty is a higher moral being than someone who is capable of CrueltyThat’s incorrect, and it’s dangerously incorrect because if you are not capable of Cruelty, you are absolutely a victim to anyone who is

Just like the superheroes and villains in movies and shows, human beings also desire to summon the good and the ‘evil’ in them. While the good allows humans to be kind and decent, the ‘evil’ aspect in every human makes it possible for them to ‘grow teeth.’ This gives people strength and character, enabling them to have self-respect and demand respect and fair treatment from others.

You realize that you’re somewhat dangerous and/or maybe somewhat seriously dangerous, and then you might be more willing to demand that you treat yourself with respect and that other people do the same thing.”


When someone pushes you, you’ll be able to respond with confidence and with any luck, and this is certainly the case with bullies; with any luck, a reasonable show of confidence, which is very much equivalent to a show of dominance, is going to be enough to make the bully back off. ”

You know, a lot of martial arts concentrate on exactly that as part of their philosophy of training. It’s like we’re not training you to fight; we’re training you to be peaceful and awake and avoid fights.”

Peterson believes that having the capability to be cruel and choosing not to be cruel makes you less likely to be a victim to people who are not afraid of being cruel. This means that you can advocate for yourself and your rights while still being able to be a decent human being.

On the other hand, not being capable of being cruel only puts you on the receiving end of cruel people without having the capability to advocate for yourself. if you are a man interested in learning how to effectively advocate for yourself, is an online support group for men where you can learn more about advocating for yourself while still practicing self control.