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27 Oct Tackling the “Meaning Crisis”: Mental Chaos in University Students


This talk was organized by Blu Matter Project, a University of Toronto student group dedicated to student mental health. The organizers of this event sent me the following statement:

“Many university students’ core beliefs and ideas are challenged by the courses they take, with no meaningful and beneficial replacements being proposed. This creates a devastating problem for many students. They experience a crisis of meaning, and no longer know or can’t tell what they should pursue in life. This existential undermining adds to the stress students experience while attempting to maintain a good GPA and manage demanding courses. All of this can produce depression, and encourage a nihilistic outlook.”

This discussion addresses such issues. Want to support this channel?

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  • Sarah Lunafire
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    45:30 ish…Anti-White is TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE in Main Stream right now…

  • Craig A.
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    I plan to share this with every young adult I know who is entering university. I might just copy the audio and drop the intro, no offense, and give it to them as an mp3 without telling them who the speaker is. That way they aren’t biased by anything they might have heard previously about JBP. After listening, when they ask, they will have a good founding in his ideas and might even want to hear more.

  • sjdhsmfbsdhmfbsdhmfbsd
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Absolutely loved this video!

    It would be wonderful if you would use a microphone in your classes, because even with headphones on, it's quite difficult to hear your voice. Nonetheless, thank you for these videos! 😀

  • alphacure mother
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October
  • Olahf Smart
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Would love to have subtitles tho, for non native English people

  • - -
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Dr. Peterson,

    I’ve recently found your lectures and find you very enlightening. I came across this video because you address “is it immoral to have children?” With all due respect, I don’t feel like your answer fully addressed the issue. Your solution is to simply raise children right and encourage them to believe they are strong enough to face life’s difficulties. Your reasoning to have children is because it brings yourself enjoyment, and ignores whether it brings the child enjoyment. You say that some broken parents don’t want their kids to be less broken than themselves. Maybe in some circumstances, but my personal belief is that I don’t want to mess up parenting and make someone who is just as broken or even more broken than myself. I’ve dealt with depression most my life, and even when I go through periods of happiness, I would rather not to have ever existed than to have existed. While I have been suicidal before, in those times of happiness, I’m not suicidal. I just rather to have never existed than to actually exist. In my pits of depression, suicide was never really an option because of the consequences and pain it would cause to others. If I have a kid, there is a good likelihood they will inherit mental issues like me. I would hate for my potential child to feel a burden of having to exist so to not disappoint me. Maybe they wouldn’t turn out to think like me. But the chance that they do, seems pretty unfortunate and it would be all for the sake of me being selfish and wanting to have company in my old age.

  • Michael O'Cooney
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    I always picture Kermit the frog when I hear him, it's awesome 🤣

  • pjmclach
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Wish kids were taught this before leaving high school!

  • かつしんりゅう人づて
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    JBP, thanks, you will help me from my psychosis.

  • かつしんりゅう人づて
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Fuucming kill everyone.

  • Sean
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Did he say community college was an advantage? Damn… things have changed.

  • Joe Doe
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Was someone taping the audio with the built in mic on a digital camera 20 feet away at the back of a classroom? The sounds from the audience were as loud as Jordan Peterson. I downloaded an app to boost this audio, and all it does is make the background noise too loud!

    If you're in charge of filming these things and you don't give a shit, please be honest and give the job to someone else. I don't know anything about audio and I could have done a better job than this. Set the damn mic right next to the speaker. You can use a phone for this, so there's no excuse.

  • xyhmo
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    3:52, exit charlatan, enter master. ur welcome

  • fargoth7
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    This is the antithesis of what is taught at Jesuit universities

    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    we all want to listen to what you have to say. Please make sure you get good sound from your talks.

  • normandylander
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    19 minutes in, someone starts messing with the camera, and they obviously don't know how annoying it is to watch anything when some witless tool who thinks they're being technical, starts waving the camera around while it's recording. It got so bad I had to stop watching, which is too bad, I really enjoy prof Peterson's talks and lectures, but not when it's done with a 'drunken camera' technique*.

  • Byenia
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Pausing at 36:42: Yeah, I don't wish to contribute to creating greater hell for myself and others. Tough situation since old habits die hard. But still. I get what this man is getting at here.

  • ali rios
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Why is the audio of so many lectures such shit

    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    btw, it's the guild-type AMA or the Canadian equivalent collusion with the government to control the number of medical schools that keeps highly qualified kids out of med school. the entire medical system and medical education process is completely screwed up. they need a dose of the free market. you will notice there is no shortage of chiropractors because they don't have an AMA equivalent. read up on the history of the AMA and you will be shocked

  • wonderfulraymond
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    "Ideologues are simplistic, and they're rigid, and they're resentful".


  • shananagans5
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    What happened at 10:24? Is that the image we should use on a future coin? If he saves western civilization I think that's at least worth putting his image on a quarter.

  • MNanme1z4xs
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    JP qualify as a philosopher of our time, with a place among those text book figures. He is worthy the title of intellectual giant. Cant believe we still have man like this in the humanity department.

  • StartabandRoxy
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Why is this guy so popular? People just love hardball types who rant at you nonstop and give you algorithm like logical statements, as far removed from reality as it may be. Shuddup J Peterson. Another useless Torontonian.

  • spiralsun1
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    EXCELLENT!!!!   I left graduate school because I would not write or say what I did not believe. Perfect advice.

  • Yeaown
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Pay attention when the Buddha is lecturing.

  • AJ Donnelly
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    This man is profoundly wise.

  • James Bowers
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    "Get your act together. Lead by example."
    Mr. Peterson, thank you.

  • Wells
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    I can prove that procreation is immoral with a series of premises that no one can (legitimately) argue with:

    1) It is immoral to cause unnecessary suffering without consent

    2) All life suffers

    3) To give life is to be the root cause of suffering on another

    4) Nothing is capable of consenting to being born

    5) Procreation is only necessary to ensure the continued survival of a species

    6) The continued survival of any species is unnecessary

    7) Procreation is therefore immoral

    The only thing that could invalidate this argument is if you could demonstrate a necessary function that humanity provides the Universe, and that the continued existence of the Universe itself is also necessary. Good luck with that.

     I like his definition of evil though as the Christian God necessarily qualifies, lol.

  • AdurianJ
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    The opposite of being a Nazi is Kitler !

  • Jeandré du Toit
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Is it evil to become a biological parent only when you know that human overpopulation is the root cause of: anthropogenic climate change, the anthropocene mass extinction event, habitat degradation and destruction, and factory farming and industrial fishing; but only a tragedy when you do it without knowing that human overpopulation causes those things?

  • Connor Elliot
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Every statement seems like a nugget of wisdom from this guy…

  • David M
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    some synchronicity at 1:28:00 and on as he describes people's dark sides and exposes his dark side to the camera

  • attyeichholz
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October


  • Andrew Taylor
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    "Watch if you're miserable, figure out why. Watch when you're not miserable and try to figure out why." Paticca Samuppada. Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu Dr. Peterson.

  • Ron Dub
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    Finding Dr. Peterson's videos on YouTube is like stumbling upon a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge…..can't…consume…fast enough!! I must have it!!!

  • Roger Nock
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    He absolutely put that first question to rest forever. Have kids properly, so that their lives are full of meaning great enough to make the suffering worth it. Problem solved.

  • neththom999
    Posted at 14:34h, 27 October

    "Any moron, any chattering devil could come up with that objection. But why in the world would anyone with any sense ever listen to it?"