Will We Find Real Meaning in Life – or Just Waste Time on Arguing?

Are you struggling to live through today, or do you know someone who’s struggling?

On Monday’s show, Glenn talked about a friend whose young daughter tried to commit suicide and wondered how we can help people who have no meaning in their lives.

“We are looking at a generation and people that are searching for meaning,” he said of young Americans.

Glenn asked some sobering questions about how we invest our time. How much do you spend on what matters most to you, and how much do you spend on things that are ultimately meaningless? Are you pursuing difficult things that matter, or settling for easy distractions instead?

“Think of the things that truly have meaning in your life,” Glenn said. “Did they come to you easily?”

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GLENN: I was at church yesterday. And a friend came up.

I said, how was your week?

She said, not good. My daughter tried to commit suicide on Friday.

I don't know about your church. But mine is facing several in that net, that web.

We are -- we are looking at a generation and people that are searching for meaning.

I want you to listen carefully, if you're one of these people. Because I consider myself one of these people.

What really has meaning? What truly has meaning in your life?

And how much of your day is spent on that? And how much of your day is spent on stuff that is really meaningless?

How much of our day is spent on arguing or -- I mean, I think it's almost like we're -- we're addicted to anger.

We're addicted to the fight on something, because it gives us meaning. It gives us purpose, it gives us something to fight for. Because we don't know what's real.

We don't know really what's happening to us. And what we're doing -- at the same time we're fighting for these things and we're struggling in our own self to find meaning, if we're lucky enough, we're old enough to have had some meaning in our life, have had something real in our life.

Maybe we don't have it anymore, but we did at one point. And so we know it's possible.

I think our youth, they don't even know it's possible. They don't know that anything has any value.

And this comes from never having to fight for somebody, never having to fight for something. Never -- never losing something. Never losing a game. Never coming in last. Never made to feel uncomfortable.

Think of the things that truly have meaning in your life.

Did they come to you easily?

Think of the things that truly have meaning in your life. Were they cheap?

We are living in a -- you know that -- right before you get to the cashier, what do you call it? Place where it's just all the candy.

That's -- I feel like that's what life is to Americans right now. Oh, you know what, I want that.

Yeah, I'm just going to throw that in there too. Without all the shopping, without having to make the list, without having to pull it in the car or anything else. It's just, it's right there. I want it. I'm going to grab it.

And if I can't pay for it, don't worry. I've got a card for everything.

Have you ever bought anything in the checkout counter, in the checkout line that had meaning?

That you, in the end, cherished, that you wanted to pass on?

Nothing. This is happening to us because we're trying to make life comfortable. And there is no meaning in -- in all comfort.

Life is uncomfortable. Life requires endurance. Endurance implies, there's tough times. And we're trying to take those things away from everyone. And it's what's making our life meaningless.

You know, in America, we think that we can protest and ban and tear down and rip up and legislate our way out of anything bad or anything uncomfortable.

We're going to find a way. Biloxi School District just banned the book To Kill a Mockingbird.

Now, they've just banned that from the eighth grade curriculum. The students were in the middle of studying it. And the school board vice president said there were parents that were complaining about it because there's language in this book that makes people uncomfortable.

We can teach them the same lesson in another way, that's not uncomfortable.

Wait. What?

Thomas the Tank? Is that -- I mean, is that -- hey, here's Thomas. He's going to talk about racism. He's going to talk about lynching.

It should make you uncomfortable.

Life is really pretty easy. People are complex. We should understand that the world is very complex because there are billions of people in it.

Racial injustice in the early 20th century America should make you uncomfortable.

How is that not a good way to tell your children -- do you know -- have you ever read Grimm Fairy Tales? Have you ever read the actual fairytales?

They're not happy.

Hansel and Gretel don't make it out of the house. I mean -- and why were they written that way? To teach children that life is brutal, unless you pay attention.

I don't know what you're going to do in Biloxi. If you're in that area, call the school district, but in a respectful manner. Suggest that they stop cowering to the tyranny and have some common sense. Teach our children that life is uncomfortable.

The uncomfortability of struggle is what gives your life meaning. Ask anyone. Ask anyone.

Their fondest memories most likely, when they just got married and they were struggling to make it. Why? Because they learned so much. We're getting tired, but we're tired because we're fighting and it doesn't seem like anything has any meaning.

We're fighting -- look how hard we have fought since September 11th, for our country. And all the people that we put our faith in, it doesn't look like they actually meant it.

So you're tired, because you feel like you didn't do anything of meaning. But you did. You're just not seeing it. You're not seeing it. You changed the lives of your children. There's nothing more important than that.

I'd like to point out that, you know, studying To Kill a Mockingbird promotes the exact kind of virtues and conversation that we're in desperate need of today.

Also, School District in Biloxi, you might also know that generations of Americans have studied To Kill a Mockingbird. And somehow or another, we have all managed to survive our uncomfortableness.

There is this movement in America, into one giant pansy pillow line safe space. There's no such thing as a safe space!

I was teaching in church a couple of months ago. And I asked -- I was teaching actually during the week. I was teaching the young adults the 16, 17, 18-year-olds.

Said, tell me what sanctuary means. Why did people -- you saw Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Disney cartoon. Why was Esmeralda always screaming, sanctuary, sanctuary? Because the church was a safe space. Wait a minute. Safe space. Was it a safe space?

Is church supposed to be a safe space? No!

Church should be a predictable place. But church should be the place where you come -- it's a hospital, man.

It's where you come and you're struggling. And somebody will tell you the truth. Not make you feel better.

But tell you the truth. And here's the truth: It's really not that hard.

It's really simple. You follow just a few simple rules. And you work hard. And you question with boldness.

And you don't accept excuses from yourself. And you stop looking for safe spaces.

We would have never gone to the moon because the moon is not a safe space. We would have never, ever gone into space, because it's chilly, I hear.

We would have never, ever come to America -- I know half the country seemingly would be happy about that. But look at the blessings of America.

We would never explore the highest mountains. We would most likely never get married or have children. Because think of the heartache that you have endured because you fell in love.

Think of the heartache you endured because you had a child. Would you change that for anything?

That heartache is -- those are stripes I am proud to wear. Because those children gave my life meaning.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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