Rule 7: Pursue What Is Meaningful Not What Is Expedient

12 Rules For Life Book Summary (Jordan B. Peterson)

Alexander Emmanual Sandalis
24 min readMar 15, 2019

“Life is suffering. That’s clear. There is no more basic irrefutable truth. The fact of life’s tragedy and the suffering that is part of it has been used to justify the pursuit of immediate selfish gratification for a very long time.” This is the justification for chasing expediency.

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“Short and sorrowful is our life, and there is no remedy when a man comes to his end, and no one has been known to return from Hades. Because we were born by mere chance, and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been; because the breath in our nostrils is smoke, and the reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts. When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes, and the spirit will dissolve into empty air. Our name will be forgotten in time and no one will remember our works; our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud, and be scattered like mist that is chased by the rays of the sun and overcome by its heat. For all our allotted time is passing of a shadow, and there is no return from our death, because it is sealed up and no one turns back.”

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Alexander Emmanual Sandalis

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