Listen to Peterson’s views before judging

first_imgYour April 27 editorial, “Allow free speech on campus,” encourages Skidmore College to allow Jordan Peterson to speak on campus. I applaud your position. However, you also say: “Many understandably find Peterson’s views reprehensible.” You note that one student claims “his thinly veiled racism, classism, misogyny and blatant trans phobia have no place at Skidmore College.”Neither your editor nor the student cites examples of Peterson’s “reprehensible” opinions. Both should read Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”   Two of his rules are: “Tell the truth —  or, at least don’t lie,” and “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.” If our citizenry were to adhere to just these rules, our culture would be strengthened.Wouldn’t we all benefit from reasoned critiques of views with which we disagree instead of the current trend of trashing people? I realize that many politicians and much of our media resort to trashing rather than reasoning, but that can be changed by us.Richard EvansBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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