12 Rules for Life: An Idea

Is it possible that our consciousness is a tool developed to come up with and test ideas? Everything we know today that makes our lives easier was dreamed up in the form of an idea. This quote comes from Rule #7- Pursue What Is Meaningful (Not What Is Expedient)

But an idea that grips a person is alive. It wants to express itself, to live in the world. It is for this reason that the depth psychologists- Freud and Jung paramount among them-insisted that the human psyche was a battleground for ideas. An idea has an aim. It wants something. It posits a value structure. An idea believes that what it is aiming for is better than what it has now. It reduces the world to those things that aid or impede its realization, and it reduces everything else to irrelevance. An idea defines figure against the ground. An idea is a personality, not a fact. When it manifests itself within a person, it has a strong proclivity to make of that person its avatar: to impel that person to act it out.” -Jordan Peterson (pg.195)

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