This is rather, in line with Peterson’s conception of Darwinian truth, and his area as a psychologist, a comment on the EFFECTIVE TRUTH about God as HUMAN BEINGS ACT IN THE WORLD.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon."
Mammon is money.
Christ is saying that, no matter how pious one PRETENDS TO BE WITH WORDS, if in his actions, MONEY is what he cares most about, then money is his God.
The point is that man WILL HAVE a highest value, and whatever that value is, THAT will be “God” for him—EFFECTIVELY, PRAGMATICALLY, FUNCTIONALLY—because it comprehensively orders his being in the world.
This is synonymous with the tendency in modern thought to elevate WILL and FREEDOM above INTELLECT and TRUTH.
The Greeks concretized their highest ideals poetically, in the Homeric epics, specifically in the persons of Achilles and Odysseus.
No one can avoid this question: HOW SHOULD I BE IN THE WORLD?
“Be like Achilles” or “Be like Odysseus.”
This fruitful tension ANIMATES the Iliad and the Odyssey. Who is THE BEST OF THE ACHAEANS?
Is it Achilles or is it Odysseus?
But this “lie” is also the truth, because μή τίς is indistinguishable (aloud) from μῆτις, which means “cunning,” “guile,”—which is PRECISELY Odysseus.
Even to the point of Batman’s habit of saying his name, “I’m Batman.”
That is equivalent to Odysseus saying “My name is μή τίς.”
Batman’s superpower is effectively “being Batman."
Plato dares to propose that HE, and NOT Homer, deserves to be the TEACHER OF ALL THE GREEKS.
How do you PROVE something like THAT?
You write a book which both is and is better than the Iliad and the Odyssey put together.
With the Republic, Plato gives the Greeks a NEW IDEAL, the man of WISDOM, SOCRATES.
Thereafter, BE LIKE SOCRATES is the answer to “What mode of being in the world should I pursue?”
Be like Socrates. Seek Wisdom.
BE LIKE SOCRATES
Epictetus goes so far as to say Stoicism amounts to just this.
Socratic piety is to seek God in Wisdom in humility, knowing he does not know.
LOVE is higher even than WISDOM.
Wisdom finds its completion in LOVE, in CHARITY.
Whatever his highest and most fundamental value is.
Aristotle already noted that for ALMOST ALL human beings this will be
1 pleasure = fun, enjoyment, entertainment, distraction
2 money = wealth
3 honor = status, power, recognition
Higher than these is VIRTUE, the ETHICAL LIFE.
Higher still is WISDOM, the PHILOSOPHICAL LIFE.
Stoicism is the culmination.
But the wisest do. This is the problem of NIHILISM, the emptiness and meaninglessness of existence.
Christianity burst on the gloom of the ancient world like a brilliant ray of sunlight from above, cutting through the gloom like a laser beam.
Martin Buber, the great Jewish philosopher, used the term “The Eclipse of God.”
Atheists think they have achieved something by their unbelief, when it is merely the basic character of our age. They are merely sheep, part of Nietzsche’s “herd.”
“We don’t need God! Man can create heaven on earth!” was the cry of the 20th century, particularly in Communism and Fascism.
We know how THAT worked out.
But nothing succeeds like failure in disabusing one of an ideal.
It is obvious that social justice is a fake religion of Original Sin (sins such as “racism” or “white privilege” or “toxic masculinity)—but without REDEMPTION.
Science cannot save us, no more than Philosophy saved the Ancients.
It can’t even give us the RESIGNATION of the Stoic.
Modern man is LOST and HOPELESS.
This is what we lack.
“Resignation” is the best we can do—and modern resignation is more pathetic than tragic.
Antiquity is the pre-Christian tragedy.
Modernity is the post-Christian farce.
Everyone senses the West is dying, but we have no direction, no goal, no way out.
That means: “Sort yourself out.”
That means: “Know yourself, in all your EVIL and WRETCHEDNESS.”
Modern man is FAR behind Socrates. VIRTUE and SELF-KNOWLEDGE would be a huge step up.
THIS is why Christianity places beside LOVE, although subordinate to it, the more-than-human virtues of FAITH and HOPE.
Better to suffer the hatred of the Nazi than the compassion of the Marxist.
Both lead to gas chamber or gulag. One is HONEST.
Modernity is shallow enough to think that God is a merely intellectual question.
Read Quine, if you wish, but don’t expect anything.
Nietzsche and Dostoyevski are the ones who see furthest into the PROBLEM AT HAND—which is an EXISTENTIAL CRISIS.
And God be with him in this attempt.
The crisis—DYING—cannot go on forever.
And things which cannot go on forever—don’t.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”
This is the meaning of the Resurrection of Christ.
But it must also be REAL to be EFFECTIVE in the world. A phantasm cannot conquer the horrible finality of DEATH.
Χριστός ἀνέστη: “Christ is risen.”
Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη: “Truly He is risen.”
Many still find it, even today.
Thanks to Dr. Peterson, even more may.
Will it be enough? Only time will tell.
This is the only way: HOPE and FAITH united in LOVE.
There is no other path. So let us begin again upon it.