Hey @Declan, I feel like I need to be really clear about what I meant by that.
I’m not trying to deny people their identity. That would be fruitless and pointless at the same time.
If you’re thinking about it in the specific context of the horrendous things that happened to the Jewish people during WWII, then consider that Hitlers actions against the Jews was a dreadful action in the politics of hate. That was identity politics at its worst, and we’re still feeling the echoes of that today.
A critical aspect of Dr. Peterson’s life work, that doesn’t come up a lot in the shallow MSM interviews, is that the driving force behind a lot of his research was to understand what caused people to behave the way they did under Hitler, and also in Mao’s China, under Lenin and Stalin, and in the killing fields of Cambodia. It was like an obsession for him. I’m about the same age as him, and I too remember wondering as a teenager if the idiots with thermonuclear weapons were going to just end us all before I could really live my life.
He found his answer.
It wasn’t pretty, and most people don’t want to hear it. Most people want to believe that there’s good people in the world and there’s bad people in the world, and that all we need is for the good people to win, and everything will be fine. Just gotta root out the bad ones. Sound familiar?
The reality is much worse.
The potential to become the people that run a place like Auschwitz is in all of us. You get there one step at a time, just doing the things you’re told to do, to protect or fight for the identity you believe in, until one day there you are in the darkest of places, surrounded by a bunch of other people that did the same.
You might ask yourself:
“Where else is that going on in the world today?”
As a species, we’ve still getting rapidly more powerful, at an ever accelerating pace.
If we’re going to survive, we can’t do it pitching one tribe against another.
If we keep on that way, the worst parts of our nature will destroy us.
Seriously, we’ve been on an absolute knifes edge several times over the last few decades.
It’s mostly just luck that we’re still here.
Everyone in it.