Jordan Peterson calls for ‘intact heterosexual two-parent families’ to maintain civilization
TORONTO, April 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Famed psychology professor and pundit Jordan Peterson has tweeted a list of 12 principles in which he says, “Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.”
Peterson is unafraid to face backlash on the issue since, as he’s said numerous times, he’s read all the scientific literature on the subject and is ready and willing to debate anyone on the matter – but there are no takers.
The points come from a talk he delivered in June on the 12 principles needed for a 21st century conservatism.
“Let's not muck about with everything that's worked so far,” he said. The traditional family “worked quite well for the entire duration of mankind and so maybe we mess with it at our peril.”
In his characteristic style, Peterson explained his rationale of supporting the traditional family, saying, “Well maybe boys and girls need role models of each sex. I know that's a terrible thing to say, but it is possible. It's certainly the case too that intact two-parent families have children that thrive more than broken families and broken families are a catastrophe for everyone.”
“When you start making the claim that the traditional family unit is just another construct and that it's not something fundamental to our polity … you have no evidence whatsoever for that claim and there's plenty of counter evidence,” he added.
In his talk, Peterson also offered some sage and humorous advice on staying together for life despite the hardships: “Now you might say well I shouldn't stay with someone that I don't get along with... Yeah, yeah, fair enough, except that there's no one that you're ever going to find to stay with that you're going to get along with all of the time, especially in your shoddy condition.”
“So you're lucky that anybody will put up with you for a week much less your whole life.”
“The point of marriage is to tough it out,” said Peterson. “And you don't tough it out for your happiness, that's not what you're in there for.”
Rather, he said, you tough it out so that you can join the rope of your life together with your spouse, to make it strong so “the children can have some security and some encouragement.” Thus, he said, the children will “contribute to the future and pay for the miracles of your birth and your own raising.”