We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Why Peterson's talks are controversial escapes me. The useful thing he does is to talk about Human Nature 101 and Adult Life 101. Maybe some people do not want to learn about human nature or adult life.
The only thing remarkable to me is that these things need to be said. Basics. A life worth living has to be constructed thoughtfully, in my view. I find it sometimes needs revisions, if not tweaking, because the things that mattered to me at 25 are no longer the most important things to me now. I like to think I have gained a little bit of wisdom.
Most people don't think about or plan for a life worth living. We all should but most of us spend our entire life simply going through the motions. Mostly life is good and we are often too busy to think about it all deeply so it isn't until you near retirement age that you begin to have regrets and realize you could have done better. Parents can instill the desire to actually plan our lives but most parents are still muddling through their own life and aren't prepared to do this. Grand parents may be in a better position but our lifestyle no longer includes multiple generations of families living together. Perhaps schools should do this but they don't seem to be capable of teaching anymore.