Jordan Peterson wrote a fairy tale about a Gnome. Lets break it down.
Jordan Peterson states that the story just popped into his mind, complete, which he, in his own words, finds kind of interesting. The story , he states is a solution to a problem that one of his subjects had issues with not growing up, someone who did not want to sacrifice childhood.
Man meets gnome. Gnome, with shiny white teeth and a black toupee, drumming on a log with two bones, tells the man that he has an enchanted stone (a shiny ruby) that shone like the sun that he wants to sell to the man, cheap. The man didnt have much money but told the gnome that he would give him everything he had, they finally agreed that the man could pay him off monthly. The man gave the gnome all of his money and promised to pay him off . The man was very happy with the great deal that he got. The man had trouble carrying the stone as it was pretty heavy, so he ended up staying in one place to show how well he had done, attaining the enchanted stone.
A couple of the mans friends came by and asked him if he would like to help them with a couple of entrepreneurial quests that they were pursuing and he declined. Many years went by and the jewel got heavier and heavier, friends came by and never mentioned the magnificent ruby, which the man though a bit odd.
Eventually someone new comes by, he was grey haired and bent over carrying a huge rock, the new comer asks the man why he is standing there with a big ugly rock and not a beautiful ruby like the one he was carrying. The newcomer told the man that he too was given the ruby by a little gnome and was told that it was the only one, they argued for a while and then the gnome reappears, but he wasnt little, he was bigger and redder and menacing and his laugh sounded like the rattling of chains. The gnome tells the men that they look pathetic as they are both carrying rocks and that he had played a mean trick. The gnome tells the men that he would give the men what they really deserve which both men say, finally, we get what we deserve.
The gnome then tells the two men to smash the rocks on the ground. Both men smash the rocks on the ground which split in half and white ravenous worms come out of both rocks and devour the men, while they thrashed and screamed leaving only a leg bone from each man. The gnome picks up the leg bones and finds a log, and starts to drum, he drummed and he waited and he hummed an odd little tune,
Pitcher of food, feeds the whole hungry clan
The image of good makes the whole healthy man
Why walk for miles, why do the work
Just smile the smile, after all success, is a quirk
Life isn’t real, thats the message I give,
Its easy that way, plus who wants to live.
What Jordan Peterson fails to tell people, is that in this gnome based story that he claims, popped into his mind, he is in fact the gnome himself, intermittently promoting the wonders of magic mushrooms and other hallucinogens as tools that can be used along with psychotherapy. Selling the idea of hallucinogens being a solution, an enchanted stone, when at the end of the day, he is really selling a rock.