The Force Multiplier

How Faith & Values Are Two of Your Most Important Survival Tools

By Ben Sherwood

The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
By Ben Sherwood

For the past few years, I’ve searched far and wide for the secrets of the world’s most effective survivors and thrivers. What does it take to bounce back from every kind of adversity? Why do some people beat the odds and others surrender? I’ve interviewed survivors and experts on five continents. No matter where I go, I always encounter the same surprising and singular answer.

At the Naval Survival Training Institute in Pensacola, Florida, I visited with a legendary character named Ray Smith. He’s one of the navy’s top survival experts who co-authored the latest edition of How to Survive on Land and Sea. After a lifetime training marines and sailors on surviving in hostile environments, he’s seventy now. I hoped he would share the #1 trick of the survival trade. So I began with a direct question: “What’s the secret of survival?”

Without hesitating, he answered: “Faith in God.”

“Really?” I ask.

“Absolutely,” he said. “It’s a major factor in all survival scenarios.” In military parlance, faith is a force multiplier, a factor that significantly increases or multiplies your strength or effectiveness. When you’re feeling weak, Smith says, faith pumps you up. When you’re run down, it gives you a boost. When you’re discouraged, it keeps you going.

The other day, I called a man named Tom Lutyens, one of the top survival specialists with the U.S. air force. He lives in Washington state where he trains men and women to survive every kind of adversity. I asked him what’s the one thing you need to survive the Great Recession and – God forbid – the Great Depression II. His answer – first taught to him by his parents who survived the economic collapse of the 1930s – was simple: Faith in God, family and friends. Ultimately, Lutyens says, that’s all you really need to overcome any challenge.

But don’t just take it from military survival experts. Listen to the scientists at the University of Texas who researched the power of faith and found that people who go to church regularly live around seven years longer than people who don’t. That’s right: seven years. More precisely, if you go to church once a week, your advantage is 6.6 years. If you worship more than once a week, you’re survival edge increases to 7.6 years.

Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University Medical Center is one the pioneers in the field of faith and health. He’s written more than thirty-five books and three hundred articles on how people’s religious beliefs influence their mental and physical well being. It’s important to note: Dr. Koenig isn’t trying to prove the existence of God or anything else supernatural. (And nor am I.) Dr. Koenig simply wants to understand the impact of faith in the lives of 80 percent of the world’s population who are involved in organized religion. That’s 5.2 billion souls.

I asked Dr. Koenig about the stunning seven-year statistic. “That has nothing to do with whether God exists or doesn’t, whether prayer works or not,” he explains. It’s based entirely on the fact that religious attendance produces “psychological, social, and behavioral consequences” that help you live longer. People with committed religious beliefs tend to have stronger support systems and more solid relationships (i.e. they’re less isolated); they and are more likely to follow teachings that reinforce a healthier lifestyle. In short, religious people usually have friends and family and they’re less likely to smoke, drink, or engage in risky business.

Faith is a powerful and universal survival tool. And so are values and principles. Dr. Dennis Charney is dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He’s also the reigning king of resilience studies in America. Regardless of your genes or background, he says, everyone can boost their resilience by following a plan that he calls the Resilience Prescription. The first and most important step, Dr. Charney says, is to practice optimism. Another important step, he argues, is to develop a moral compass and a set of unbreakable beliefs. That means values and principles that are greater than you. When you’re knocked down by life, your values don’t break. These principles and beliefs are the safety net that catches you when you falter or fall, he says.

Dr. Charney isn’t promoting a specific set of values – and nor am I. We’ll leave that up to you. The point is that you can improve your resilience and chances of survival in a crisis by finding a purpose greater than yourself and forging beliefs that won’t shatter when – like everyone – your inevitably slammed by life.

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Ben Sherwood is the author of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, a New York Times bestseller. A former executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America, he is executive director of TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online resource center and support network for people facing all kinds of adversity.

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.

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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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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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