Jordan Peterson on Why People Are So Unhappy

Jordan Peterson on Why People Are So Unhappy

So this is something that I think generally people don't think about stuff like this, and my next question, for you is, it seems the more and more in today's society and justice societies in the world. Today, people are more depressed, more anxious, more suicidal than than ever before. Is that a symptom of something unusual going on our society? Is it just people that are more comfortable talking about it now? What what is it wire wire? Someone good question: it's a good question. I I I think at least part of it is the complexity of our society. It isn't certain how the future is going to lay itself out and it isn't certain that what you knew in the past is going to be sufficient for you to to move forward into the future. So there's lots of opportunity, but it's very complex and it's not easy to keep up in our world.

You know like, if you look around the world you might think well, the happiest people are, those were their high standard of living is the highest. That'S actually not the case right and you think okay, but why wouldn't that be the case? It'S like you want. What do you want, malaria and death at 40? Obviously not, but then you think

Okay, what's the price you pay for a high standard of living? Well, that's easy! You virtually always sacrifice the present for the future you're always working. I mean you guys. You know I mean you know. You'Ve you're, fairly influential and you've got this good thing going but like it could crash at a moment's notice, You better keep your eye on it and and and every day, you're thinking, okay, this has to be done and this has to be done, and this has To be done and it's so it pays off, I mean you have a nice studio and and and I would presume, a reasonably comfortable life, but it's not like you're not running on a treadmill to keep that going. And so that's that's security and it's health, but it isn't necessarily happiness and it's certainly not necessarily freedom from anxiety, and I would say most people in the modern world weirdly enough have far too much to do.

You know to career families and a couple of kids: It'S like man, you're you're done that's 60 hours a week of flat out work yeah so, and that can be too much and then I also think because our society is philosophically unstable and that's sort of reflected In this polarization is that people are doubtful about whether Their lives have any meaning, for example, you know: what's why bother? What'S the use of it? Who cares it's like? What difference is it gon na make in a million years? You know and that's life is hard and if you just have a nihilistic viewpoint, then it's easy to be swamped by doubts and and existential angst. And all of that and like I think, that's a mistake, because I think that your life, your life, can be very meaningful. It'S proportionate to the responsibility that you take on and you can learn that by watching when you're engaged in the world you know and what works to sort of protect you from feelings of isolation and doom.

You know, and a lot of the lectures I have on YouTube are about exactly that. So so I think part of it is the complexity of the modern world yeah. I also can't shake the sneaking suspicion that it has something to do with our diet really. Well, you know I saw this. We know that obesity is like skyrocket, yeah, okay, so, and probably the reason for that, it's not exactly certain. There might be complicated reasons for it, but certainly one of the reasons is that people eat far too many carbohydrates right. You know I saw this video from World War two about about and and in in one of the scenes they showed all these men in New York lining up to be inducted and it's, like you know, 20 blocks of guys with no shirts on standing in line To be abducted, every single one of them was boned thin. Do you everything you think it's the insecurity and the negative feelings that come with being overweight or that? No? No, no, I think, there's something wrong with what we're eating interesting, yeah.

I mean there's more and more evidence that dietary sensitivity, for example, is linked to conditions like schizophrenia, and so yes watch out for that. Bread, y'all well and also to your gut bacteria, turns out what you have a lot of. You have about a hundred times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells, which is really quite a freaky thing to think about. Luckily, they're quite tiny, because otherwise you'd be like a giant amoeba. You know, but the the gut biome produces a lot of neural chemicals, and so it does play an integral role in the regulation of your mood, which is also a very strange thing. I'Ve been following that just the how bacteria is starting to be like play more in human health like robotics and stuff like this, can regulate your mood mmm, that's so freaky yeah! It is that's for sure. Yeah well, and you know one possibility. Is that well, let's say you eat a lot of carbohydrates and sugar? Okay, so what happens? Is that you grow bacteria in your gut that I really like carbohydrates and sugar right well, so then you think well, I'm always having cravings for carbohydrates and sugar

It'S like you're having the cravings you think. Well, maybe not maybe what's happened, is that you know, through a Darwinian process. You'Ve encouraged the growth of bacteria that really like sugar and carbohydrates, ain't that saying bacterias messing with people's mood. Maybe yes, and it's also messing with their cravings. That'S I mean we're really walking oceans. You know like we're big creatures, I mean we're not big compared to a like, a Douglas fir or or or the Sun, but like we're pretty big creatures and yeah, and we are liquid. Most of us is liquid, and you know if you saturate yourself with carbohydrates and sugar than you. You are invaded by the bacteria that live on those things, and so that's not necessarily so good for you, , , ,