The first email said "Given Elon Musk's recent behaviour, I'm rather surprised to find him featured here!"
And the second, "Really disheartened that you would include a reference to Jordan Peterson, who has been accused of sexually misconduct. Have you heard him speak about women? He's atrocious. And his failure to acknowledge students who eschew binary pronouns? Disrespectful, to say the least." They then unsubscribed from my newsletter.
This was my reply to the second email.
A big thanks for your email,
It is giving me a massive amount of food for thought. Especially as I received this email the same day.
"Given Elon Musk's recent behaviour, I'm rather surprised to find him featured here!"
I have a particular way of looking at the world that I am going to try to write about at some point.
I have watched many of Jordan's videos and have read his new book, also read a lot of heated "fights" on discussion forums between people who love him and people who hate him.
He is a controversial figure indeed.
I personally think he is acting in good faith and that he has a lot of deep insights into what it means to be human. I think he is also often misunderstood.
Like all of us, he has his "demons" and I don't think he is always right. But interestingly - he admits that. He is trying to make better sense of the world and is a passionate believer in free speech.
I think we need to listen to and engage with such people - even if we do not like what they have to say at times. This is how we make progress in the world.
Once again a big thanks for provoking my thinking on this. David
I am sure not everyone will agree with me :-)