“He can give people the most elementary fatherly life-advice (clean your room, stand up straight) while making it sound like Wisdom.”
Already we can see that the principal failing of the author is an inability to see fatherly advice as wisdom. Among my daddy’s sayings was “if you’re going to be dumb, you better be tough.” Which is quite profound in wisdom when you think about it. (Feel free to share your own father’s wisdom in the comments.) But beyond the author’s category error, if you want to understand “the deal” with JBP that’s the beginning and end of it right there:
Nowadays there’s a lot of discussion about how much humans are born with – the blank slate view vs preloaded man view*. How much do we know (or will know) purely because of our instinct or genes? There is a subset of human knowledge colloquially called “common sense” and it’s easy to assume that it just comes to us by instinct because it all seems so obvious in retrospect. It’s not. Common sense is the wisdom of our culture passed down to children most commonly by fathers and you don’t have to spend much time with children to find evidence of this – as the young are immensely illinformed. (Yes, mothers provide wisdom as well, but it’s not the same kind as fathers’,)
Well you don’t have to imagine too hard, they did a movie about such an experiment back in ’94.
Anyway, it is quite obvious on reflection that Mowgli would be lacking in basic understandings of society and much of what is called ‘Common Sense’. Because that knowledge is imparted by parents to children. With no parents, Mowgli would lack many functions that so many of us take for granted.
That is the JBP key. From almost every person I’ve heard wondering or complaining about Peterson, do you know what I’ve noticed they all had? Fathers. And what have I seen and heard from many, many fans of Peterson? That they have been missing FATHERS! You want an explanation for Jordan B Peterson? Conservatives have predicted for years that the dissolution of the nuclear family would have consequences. Here they are now. We have now two generations where a large portion of it was raised without fathers, and they are trying to find a masculine lodestar that can tell them that common sense wisdom which will bring a sense and order to the chaos of their lives. If you have a question about JBP, ask it in the context of a father. For example: Why do some fans react so harshly to any critiques or criticism of JBP? Well just imagine if what was said about him was said about your own beloved father. How calmly would you react? If people talked like they wanted your father to go away, what would you think of those people?