Glenn Beck on Friday found a “really good sign” for the future in an unlikely place: an column by Andrew W.K. at the Village Voice.
Sometimes referred to as the “king of partying” in New York City, W.K. was responding to a reader who was having trouble with his conservative father in an “ask me anything” column.
The reader wrote:
I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. I’m more or less a liberal democrat with very progressive values and I know that people like my dad are going to destroy us all. I don’t have any good times with him anymore. All we do is argue. When I try to spend time with him without talking politics or discussing any current events, there’s still an underlying tension that makes it really uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love him no matter what, but how do I explain to him that his politics are turning him into a monster, destroying the environment, and pushing away the people who care about him? [Emphasis added]
W.K. responded with a clear message: “Go back and read the opening sentences of your letter. Read them again. Then read the rest of your letter. Then read it again. Try to find a single instance where you referred to your dad as a human being, a person, or a man. There isn’t one.”
“You’ve reduced your father — the person who created you — to a set of beliefs and political views and how it relates to you,” W.K. continued. “You’ve also reduced yourself to a set of opposing views, and reduced your relationship with him to a fight between the two. The humanity has been reduced to nothingness and all that’s left in its place is an argument that can never really be won.”
W.K. said “the world isn’t being destroyed by Democrats or Republicans,” but by “one side believing the other side is destroying the world.”
“The world officially ends when we let our beliefs conquer love,” he said. “We must not let this happen.”
W.K. said “we must make endless efforts to try and understand the people we least relate to,” and “we must at all times force ourselves to love the people we dislike the most.”
Beck read the complete article on his radio show and said he’s been saying the same thing for months.
“Exactly the same thing,” Beck said. “That’s really a good sign. If we start looking at each other as humans and stop hating each other for our differences and start uniting — we’re a melting pot. That doesn’t mean we don’t stand up for what we believe. It does mean that we — let’s stop with the hate and the vengeance … and let’s build things on values and principles. Tell me what you disagree with in that letter. That wasn’t about politics. That was about principles.”
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