Why Is Competence > Being Protected?

“Consider if it were possible to permanently banish everything threatening, everything dangerous (and, therefore, everything challenging and interesting). That would only mean that another danger would emerge: that of permanent human infantilism and absolute uselessness.

How could the nature of man ever reach its full potential without challenge and danger?

How dull and contemptible would we become if there was no longer reason to pay attention?

It is far better to render a child in your care competent than protected.”

The excerpts above are from the book “12 Rules For Life” by Jordan Peterson.

Avoiding challenges isn’t the goal, we are better becomes of them.

Strive to be competent, not protected.

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