The Reality of Jordan Peterson’s, “Be a Monster” quote

Are you a ‘monster’?

Rafay Hiraj


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The first time I heard this quote I thought JP was saying, ‘don’t be kind.’ But now I finally understand it in a way that it makes sense.

Here is what I thought;

You don’t need to abuse or beat someone up every time they disrespect you or disagree with you. You don’t need to take revenge. Kindness does not make you weak.

But what you do need to do, or at the very least be able to do is to stand up for yourself.

No one is supposed to stand up for you, except you. We all face trials and tribulations in our lives but it is much easy to be comfortable, knuckling under the status quo, than to challenge it.

Humans are not perfect and you can use that is to your advantage. In a corrupt society, the one person who stands firm on the foundation of his values and beliefs is the one who is most admired.

Here is something ironic I learnt in school;
When all the students are sat in the class and one of them has a question, they don’t ask as they feel they might be embarrassed. One might think they are stupid as they didn’t understand what was being taught. Since no other hands are raised, no one else had a question.

The funny thing was though, everyone had the question in their head, and everyone thought they might look stupid so ended up not asking at all.

The one of them who did, ended up separating away from the pack and became the most respected.

Anyone who challenges the status quo, is respected more than the others.

Pakistan is the perfect example

An example I can give is that of my home country — Pakistan. The country is riddled with corruption and is amongst the most corrupt places on Earth.

Suddenly, a person rises to the top who stands against corruption — Imran Khan.

Many people were still against him when he came in power, but then he was removed by corrupt individuals who used money to remove him from power — the same people that made Pakistan corrupt.