Engaging Your Imagination

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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Glenn’s Take on the Magic of Words

Picture this scene in your mind…

You’re lying on a big wool blanket in front of a stone fireplace, the flames dancing softly over the logs. The smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies begins creeping through the house, competing for your attention with the sounds of footsteps and laughter from the kids upstairs. As the kids melodic voices begin to fade, the green and orange flames take their cue and slowly begin to settle into the charred wood below.

Were you able to see that? Did you feel the warmth of the fire, smell the cookies and hear the kids laughing? If so, then you just experienced the amazing power of words to engage the imagination.

When strung together properly, words seem to unleash an almost magical property. How else can you explain why simple arrangements of letters can make people laugh or cry; inspire them, educate them, or even frighten them?

It’s simple: words are magic.

As a child, my mother would often tell me to turn the television off. One night, tired of being forced to stop watching my favorite show, I retorted, “So you got to watch TV when you were a kid, but I can’t?”

“No,” she responded. “We didn’t have television, we had radio.”

I was stunned. No television? How could you live without television? How boring! But then my mom began to describe how she would sit in the living room at night with her parents, staring at a big old radio, its tuning knob glowing in the darkness. She talked about how the broadcasters would tell stories so vividly that it was like she was there. She explained how that glowing knob was like a window to a world more extraordinary than anything that exists in real life.

On my eighth birthday, my mother bought me a “Golden Years of Radio” album and it changed my life. Listening to Orson Welles’ terrifyingly vivid account of alien visitors made me understand that good storytelling can engage the imagination like nothing else.

From that moment on, I was hooked.

After spending over three decades in broadcasting, it’s clear that telling a good story is becoming a lost art. High definition television, Blu-Ray players, DVRs, iPods…it’s all great technology, but its focus is on making video look sharper or be more convenient to watch, not content. Special effects and surround sound can make a good story better, but they’ll never be a substitute for plot, characters and timing. Think about how many movies have nine-figure budgets and first-rate special effects, yet completely bomb at the box office. Why? Because summer blockbusters might entice the eyes, but they don’t capture the mind or touch the heart.

That’s why I love books. To succeed, readers have to feel something. If there’s a death on television the director will likely show you the body at the funeral, but if there’s a death in a book, the author has to make the readers themselves mourn. You can’t just show them what the funeral looks like, you have to make them feel like they are dressed in black, sitting in a pew, listening to Ave Maria. That’s a far more intimate experience and it’s why books and radio can never be trumped by technology.

I will always appreciate television for its unique strengths (and I know how much America loves seeing me in widescreen HD every night) but seeing is not the same as feeling; watching is not the same as engaging your imagination. Sure, a picture might be worth a thousand words, but a single word has something that a thousand pictures never could…magic.

Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

Watch the video below for more:

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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Joe Biden's administration is getting ready for something historic, but we're all being distracted. And now that Biden has hired at least 14 former or current executives from Big Tech — experts at colluding to censor unflattering news about Biden — Americans must be laser-focused on what's coming.

On January 20, the most corrupt president in American history will be inaugurated, and it looks like some of his cabinet choices were picked specifically so everything just – poof – goes away. The administration nominees appear to be all about preserving corruption, crony capitalism, and executing a Great Reset. Those same people also have one more thing in common: Ukraine.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn exposes their radical agenda in their own words and gives U.S. senators the questions they must ask before confirming corrupt nominees to some of the highest offices in the country.


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