Perspective vs. Opinion: How Do You Find What Really Matters?

Glenn talked today about longtime conservative Erick Erickson, who has been struggling with devastating health issues in the last year. Erickson wrote a powerful piece on the Resurgent sharing what it’s like to face death and realize what things are truly important in life.

Listen to what Glenn had to say on today’s show (Soundcloud clip embedded above).

In his piece headlined “As I Lay Literally Dying, Politics Doesn’t Really Matter,” Erickson wrote:

“I have to tell you that American politics really does not matter when you have kids and are dying. You begin to seriously ask yourself what you want your kids to know if you’re gone. My kids, were they to learn about me from Google, would really only know what people who hate me think about me.

“I was far more worried about my kids’ relationship with God and their mother than about their politics or the political fight of the day. American politics today is such small ball gutter politics. The stakes are so small that the fights are all that matter. And I want my kids to have no part of that. Sure, there are fights that matter. But there are many more fights you think matter than actually do.”

This is far from the first time someone has come to this realization. Remember when Glenn lost his voice for a month? He spent that time thinking a lot about what matters most and what words are worth saying … especially if we don’t have much time left.

Here’s the video of the emotional monologue Glenn delivered in complete silence:

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GLENN: You know, everybody -- everybody has an opinion. And I don't think anybody's opinion is more valuable than anybody else's. I've been doing this for 40 years, and it still is remarkable to me that people care about my opinion. Because I barely do.

And as I get older, the more I realize, yeah, this is just another guy's opinion. And now -- now that everybody has Facebook and Twitter, you're a publisher. You realize the power that each of us have now?

Just ten years ago, if you wanted your voice to be heard, you really had to do something. I mean, you really had to do to -- you had to go through and network and get jobs and get on the air and then make that a success. You had to -- you wanted to publish a book, you had to go to Simon & Schuster or something like that. You had to go to these crazy -- I mean, it's crazy. You should go to these meetings with me. Crazy meetings. And these gigantic New York boardrooms. You don't have to do any of that now.

And so while we have -- we have made all of that meaningless. All those hoops that you had to jump through. We have found so many people with different opinions now that nobody -- they wouldn't have been able to have a voice. And it's really good.

But everybody has an opinion. And so it devalues -- or, no, it puts into perspective how much somebody's opinion is worth. No more than somebody else.

What is worthwhile is perspective. Because that's hard to find. That takes a lifetime. And sometimes, it takes just standing in another place. Everybody can view an event one way, but there might be Zapruder. There might be somebody who is standing in another location with another angle, and they capture something that nobody else saw. That's perspective.

I think that's what we should all be seeking. Not more opinions.

I read a -- I read an article -- I read an article from somebody who is really important to the conservative movement. Here's -- here's the title: As I lay literally dying, politics doesn't matter.

I write this with multiple blood clots currently in my lungs. By the end of the day, I'm tired and out of breath. My chest is tight.

Thankfully, this go-around is not fatal. But a year ago, I was rushed to an ICU with my blood oxygen level steadily declining below 90 percent, and my lungs were slowly suffocating me. And as nurses were sticking needles in my arms and pumping me full of fluids, doctors were calling my wife to tell her that they thought I had lung cancer.

I have to tell you that American politics really doesn't matter when you have kids and you're dying. You begin to seriously ask yourself: What do you want your kids to know if you're gone?

If I would have died, my kids would have learned everything about me from Google. They would only know what people who hate me think about me.

I was far more worried about my kids' relationship with God and their mother than about politics or the political fight of the day. American politics today is such a small ball, gutter politics. The stakes are so small, that the fights are all that matter.

I don't want my kids to have any part of that. Yes, there are fights that do matter. But there are many more fights you think matter than actually do.

Having very nearly died, my priorities have taken more than a small shift in the last year. I'd rather be preaching than blogging. My faith is way more important than me. My kids' faith is way more important to me than my own faith. There, the priority.

That's perspective. I would pray for you and for me, that we can find that perspective that Erick Erickson found, without getting the diagnosis that he had received.

Blaze TV hosts Glenn Beck , Chad Prather, and Steven Crowder weighed-in with similar but different thoughts on the fascism associated with canceling Dr. Seuss.

Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Dr. Seuss books that have been cancelled due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity.

Chad Prather approached the issue from a comedic perspective, stating that "Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment."

Steven Crowder explained that Dr. Seuss books were banned for being offensive and insensitive to some. So Steven decided to parody the six banned children's books with progressively titled and hilariously inappropriate versions.

Read the full story from TheBlaze News here.

'We DON'T destroy books'

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?" - Glenn Beck. Download the podcast here.

Chad Prather's comedic take on why Dr. Seuss got canceled

"Dr. Seuss is dead and could not be reached for comment'"- Chad Prather. Download the podcast here.

Dr. Seuss BANNING Bonanza! New Progressive Book Titles Revealed! 

In this 7+1 segment-- Crowder uncovers, new, unreleased Dr. Seuss titles that will be released in the near future (parody). Download the podcast here.

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"What's your climate credit score?" That's a question Americans may have to answer if the green global elites get their way.

While the media has distracted us with Orange Man Bad! and Russia, Russia, Russia!, the Left has been busy working on the fundamental transformation of America with a primary pressure point — YOUR money through YOUR bank. Democrats, forgetting the words of MLK, like to group people into categories. They judge you based on what skin color you have, your religion, occupation, your ideology, and now … your carbon footprint.

On his Wednesday night TV special this week, Glenn Beck exposes how they're now planning, not only to categorize you, but to give you a score. It'll determine everything for you: whether you can buy a home, get a new car, open a business … EVERYTHING. And if you don't bend the knee? You'll be blacklisted. But this isn't some far-off conspiracy theory. Multiple big U.S. banks are part of a private U.S. financial group enacting these policies now. It's here, and we're ALL at risk.

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Unlike the mainstream media, we at the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" decided to actually do the research and get to the bottom of CPAC's controversial stage design, which many on the Left have suggested was purposefully shaped like an obscure Nazi symbol. We got our answers straight from the source — and it's not what the media is suggesting.

American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp joined Glenn on Wednesday to share the real story of the stage design, who designed it, and why he's taking legal options against those smearing the Conservative Political Action Conference's name seriously.

Matt told Glenn he'd never heard of the alleged Nazi insignia, noting that even a staff member who "studied anti-Semitism in college" did not recognize the obscure symbol. He went on to explain how the stage designing firm, Design Foundry, and Hyatt Hotels worked collaboratively with CPAC event organizers for months throughout the designing and construction of the stage. However, when pressured by the cancel culture mob on social media, both companies "ran for the tall grass."

"Both the Hyatt and [Design Foundry] looked to CPAC and said [they] had nothing to do with this stage. That's outrageous," Matt stated. "This whole process takes months ... everybody saw this. Everybody had to figure out how to construct this. Everybody had eyes on it from every angle. And nobody in that process ever raised their hand and said, 'Oh, you know, I took a European history class, and I noticed [that the stage design looked like a Nazi symbol.] Nobody."

Matt went on to add that, while CPAC expects attacks from the Left, they also have every intention of standing up for themselves, the conservative community, the Jewish community, and all the people who love America.

"We're fine with taking the hits. We always take the hits, it's part of being a prominent conservative group. We'll take the hits, but we won't let people lie," Matt said.

"I can't tell you how many people have called me during the course of this most tumultuous of years and said, at what point does the conservative community, do the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, do the people who love America, and think it's okay to read Dr. Seuss, and love Thomas Jefferson and Mount Rushmore, at what point do they start pushing back on the cancel culture? At what point do they say, this is a line you can't cross? I think we're at that line," he added.

"We called our conference, 'America Uncanceled.' The whole thing became about them canceling us. At what point do we not have the right to say,' you can't treat us this way'? You're disparaging us. You're destroying our reputation. You're destroying our ability to be respected members of our community. So, I'm taking your challenge of pursuing our legal options very seriously. And I think we have to go broader. We can't let these companies just follow the woke mob. We can't do it."

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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