Entrepreneur Mikhaila Peterson has reacted to the wave of hate following her announcement about her father Jordan Peterson’s severe health problems, caused by his earlier treatment with the psychoactive drug benzodiazepine and the subsequent addiction to it.
“Fun fact. It’s people who score high in compassion that are also the most likely to punish people for perceived wrongs”, she tweeted, sharing an article dedicated to some vicious comments online, with a reference to her father’s lectures.
Fun fact. It’s people who score high in compassion that are also the most likely to punish people for perceived wrongs. https://t.co/UNCrSL6Bnx— Mikhaila Peterson (@MikhailaAleksis) February 10, 2020
The opinionated piece from The Post Millennial, deemed conservative by some commentators, brought up several remarks. Their authors, including a social justice activist and an Ottawa law professor, have denied Peterson sympathy for his sufferings because of his conservative-leaning views.
Do I think Jordan Peterson deserves a pass on his bigotry because he's suffering? No.— Pronoun Enforcer (@EmilyGorcenski) February 8, 2020
But do I think he deserves dignity despite his situation being a product of views that he profits from? No.
But do I think he deserves sympathy despite him not extending it to others? Also no.
#KARMA— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) February 8, 2020
Jordan Peterson, oracle to gullible young men, preacher of macho toughness, and hectoring bully to “snowflakes”, is addicted to strong drugs and his brain riddled with “neurological damage”.
He deserves as much sympathy as he showed others. https://t.co/a0lHWZlqrX
These two tweets, featured in the article, were not extraordinary in the social media storm, prompted by the bombshell update. One online commenter even went so far as to say that the author of a book, titled 12 Rules for Life, almost dying in a Russian hospital from benzo withdrawals was “one of the funniest things to ever happen”.
sorry but jordan peterson writing a book prescribing “rules for life” then almost dying in a russian hospital from benzo withdrawals and an insane all-beef diet not even two years later is one of the funniest things to ever happen— miller low life (@itwasthreezero) February 9, 2020
looking forward to jordan peterson's sequel 13 rules for life, which include "down benzos like tic tacs" and "get into an induced coma in a russian gulag"— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) February 8, 2020
Rule 13 for boys; Don’t take advice from people who are not in their right minds. Jordan Peterson seeks 'emergency' drug detox treatment in Russia https://t.co/4Lv8Vh6rLA— Margot Saville (@MargotSaville) February 9, 2020
Another called on people to reserve their sympathy for someone else other than the Canadian professor, known for his conservative opinions.
Fuck Jordan Peterson.— ol' carcajou, swedge hammer expert (@olcarcajou) February 8, 2020
People like him build lucrative speaking careers on the idea that world isn't hard and cruel enough. There are many people struggling with addiction and mental illness who aren't trying to make the world worse: reserve your sympathy for them.
However, many stood up for Peterson, accusing his left-wing opponents of making fun of his struggles as well as a lack of compassion, tolerance, and basic human empathy.
The left: "It's OK for men to cry & share their feelings. Depression is real and should be respected. There's an unhelpful stigma around mental health."— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 8, 2020
Also the left: "LOL Jordan Peterson cries during interviews and is addicted to anti-depressant drugs. Show him zero sympathy." pic.twitter.com/rPHIrSkQn7
The left: It takes true strength as a man to seek help.— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 8, 2020
[Jordan Peterson seeks help.]
The left: LOL! What a fucking pussy.
- The far left are just shit people, no other way to put it.
- Avoid them, don't talk to them, don't argue with them. https://t.co/4t4bu3OfMU
When I read some of the responses to Jordan Peterson’s illness, I’m reminded why the Left has become so commonly associated with a lack of compassion, tolerance and basic human empathy.— Andrew Doyle (@andrewdoyle_com) February 9, 2020
We on the Left need to get our own house in order. These people are seriously fucking it up. pic.twitter.com/VRprW729G5
Last week, Mikhaila Peterson, who founded a carnivore diet community, updated her father’s followers about their “desperate” decision to seek drug detox treatment in Russia after several attempts in North America had failed. On top of that, the author of the self-help bestseller 12 Rules for life had developed pneumonia in one of the previous hospitals and spent four weeks in the ICU (intensive care unit).