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.

There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

Watch the video clip below:

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"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

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