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 has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn Beck explain what this means for prices and for our economy.

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