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.

Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley


Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?


How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?


And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?


Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?