Glenn often talks about the incredible technological advances that have been made in the last decade in relation to century-long Industrial Resolution. What is to come in the next decade, Glenn believes, will be as powerful as the Industrial Revolution, but once it begins, it will never slow down. “It’s just going to churn and churn and churn and churn,” Glenn said. On radio this morning, Glenn explained why we must learn to respect and understand the principles and work ethic of our farmers in order to survive.
The thing that is going to be really critically important is values and principles and knowing who you are and knowing where you came from and knowing that you are capable and powerful and born for a reason because everything is going to turn upside down. I’ve told you this for years: It’s going to turn upside down much more so than it already is. Let me just give you this one.
Within ten years – I think it’s closer to five – you will look back on these days and you will think these days were the good old days. These days made sense. That’s how much the world’s going to turn upside down. So what do you do to prepare?
Well, almost everything that I’ve learned here in the last year I’ve learned because I’ve rooted myself back into things that were real, and I’ve root myself back into, quite honestly, a farm. I grew up on a farm with my grandfather in the summers and bakery in the winter with my dad. But everything that I learned, I learned from the farm with my grandfather and watching him work. Now that I’m older, I realize there’s a lot that I’ve missed of being away from a farm.
The reason why we’re so unplugged as a people is because we no longer understand the farmer. If you don’t understand the farmer, you don’t understand the basic things in life that we have said: You reap what you sow. What does that even mean? We don’t teach our kids what it means to sow; how do they understand that phrase? We work hard, we care for our families, we look after our neighbors, we do what we know is best, we admit when we were wrong, we say we’re sorry and we mean it. That’s what a farmer does. That’s the way you have to live your life because you’re always living your life on the edge. We believe in life – every life. We believe in liberty – the ability to live our lives as we choose and own the consequences…
Whatever’s going on in your life, own it. It’s true. Life’s not guaranteed. Life is what you make of it. And we know that happiness is not defined by things. Happiness comes from within. No one can give it to you, but that’s the best thing. No one can make you happy. Nothing can make you happy. Well, if that is true, that happiness comes from within, that’s the best news you probably have in the rest of your life… If that is true, it can never be taken from you. t can never be lost because it comes from within you. So happiness is only dependent on you and your state of mind. And it can only be taken from you if you give permission. The same thing with who you are. Who are you really?
You know, I woke up yesterday and I looked at my iPad. It’s the first anthropomorphic thing I’ve ever seen my computer do. It said, ‘Your day looks very busy tomorrow; anything I can do to help.’ My calendar said that! What? While we are making people less human, we’re making machines more human. While we are not recognizing real life, we’re creating artificial life.
How did we ever become farmers in the first place? That’s how God made us. Farmers. God made us in his likeness to plant the field, tend the crops, harvest what we sow. If you’re a waitress, you’re still a farmer. Salesperson, you’re a farmer. Mechanic? Farmer. If you’re a mother, be a farmer. Father, you’re a farmer. Friend. Farmer. No matter what you are or what you do, no matter where you are, you’re a farmer because you will reap what you sow. That’s the way it works… The harvest of life comes from what you sow. And you will have to harvest the life that you built. We’re all better because God made you. God made me. God made Michael Moore. We’re all better because of that. We’re all unique, and we’re all here for a reason.
Next time somebody says, ‘Why do you do what you?’ Because that’s the way I was made. I’m different, you’re different; it’s good. The rain has started. The rain is coming down. The storm clouds are gathering, and it is going to get darker. And here’s the amazing thing: I’ve prayed more for my crops than I have for my business because I can do everything right, absolutely everything right, but I am dependent on rain, but not too much; on heat, but not too much. I’m dependent. I am in partnership. If I’m a farmer, I’m in partnership with God every step of the way because I can’t do it. I can only do my part.
But we think, because we live in cities, we think that we’re not really in partnership. I think one of the biggest problems that New York City has is you can’t see the stars at night, and you don’t ever realize how insignificant and small you are compared to the universe. Life is hard. Life will not be without pain. It won’t be without fear. And there’s rain coming. But give thanks for that because for us to really grow our crops, we need rain. Bring it on. We have all that we need. We’re prepared. We’re ready, and together we will harvest this field.