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.
It was clear that he was over stretched and over exposed. I'd been concerned this would happen. He should stick to his coming books are articles and limit the appearances. I share his views. He will learn from this.
I understand that anyone can become an addict under the right circumstances. But how can you consider benzos to be a "mostly harmless drug"? Their purpose is to shield someone from anxiety. That's inherently dangerous. Xanax is an extremely dangerous drug.
Everything he talks about centers around the idea that hardship and chaos are certainties in life, and the path to a meaningful life is to be prepared to face those circumstances. The most appealing thing about Peterson for me is that he expresses more clearly than I do many philosophies that I try to live by. His is an extreme example of not taking one's own advice.
I'll say this for him. I admire his humility and courage to admit all of this publicly. He's made a career of preaching that people should strive to be the the person the family depends on in times of crises. When his family needed him to be the pillar he crumbled. It sounds like his daughter is the head of that family.
The most bizarre thing about this is that they think this all started with an allergic reaction to sodium metabisulfate in three people at the same time, one of whom is unrelated to the others.
The sulphite reaction threw me too, and I'm allergic to sulphites. AFAIK they're illegal to use in restaurants in the US but I've encountered them in European restaurant salad bars. It must be that Canada's rules against using sulphites on fresh food isn't as strict as the US.