Jordan Peterson: Ordinary people

‘One of the things I’ve learned about people is that they’re unbelievably interesting. If you get someone to sit down and you move past the superficial, which you can actully do quite rapidly, they’ll tell you all sorts of things, that only they know, that are unbelievably enlightening. Things about their own peculiar problems, about the way they look at the world, about their idiosyncratic familial dynamics, like just fascinating, personal stuff. It’s the stuff of great novels. This is ordinary people. I don’t think there is an ordinary person, exactly. There’s the facade of ordinary-ness, but behind that people are very rarely ordinary. And so the conversations are almost instantaneously fascinating.’

Professor Jordan Peterson

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