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.

How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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Our sacred republic has never been in more danger than it is today. Little by little, industry by industry, the far Left is fundamentally transforming the country we love. And it's an aggressive, hostile kind of takeover we've only seen in some of the world's darkest societies.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how the Biden administration and Democrats are aggressively scrambling to reset everything: our free and fair voting system, our kids' education, our policing, immigration and border security, our economy, our military, and our energy supply.

Finally, Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joins to discuss how Biden's "woke" policies are threatening America's national security and our way of life.

Watch the full episode below:

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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