Glenn Beck spent the full hour of his television program Tuesday with rock star and self-described "joy boy" Andrew W.K., telling his audience he believes the man is "one of the more important voices to unite America."
"Instead of building a wall, which almost everybody is doing now, here's a guy trying to take the wall down just one brick at a time," Beck said.
W.K. first came to Beck's attention after writing a number of columns in the Village Voice encouraging people to be more tolerant of others' beliefs.
"To me, the most exciting space is the space left between two ideas, where there's possibility, where there's room to explore," W.K. told Beck on Tuesday.
"What is your mission, if you will?" Beck asked. "I don't care what your political background [is], religious. I love your message, and it seems to be, 'Can't we all just stop fighting and be human again?'"
"That sounds good to me," W.K. responded. "I'm here to spread joy. I think that's what I'm meant to do. It comes relatively easily to me, it cheers me up, I've been able to cheer other people up. ... I think feeling good is highly underrated when it comes to tackling big issues, or wrestling with truths and facts and trying to find understanding within that."
The two discussed everything from domestic abuse and Ray Rice to what it truly means to pray.
"I used to think prayer was asking for stuff," W.K. said. "It's not. It's asking for the ability to do whatever you're supposed to do. With me being a joy boy, I ask for the strength to be able to manifest joy, to do that. I don't ask for joy to be made for me. I ask to be empowered by the unknown, the world, God, whatever you want to call it, to do what I can do at my very best. I'm not asking someone to solve my problem. I'm asking for the strength to solve it myself."
The two also spoke about violence in America, and what can be done to change it.
"What to do in these moments? I would be nicer to the person sitting next to me," W.K. said. "I would call my mom and just talk. I would do any little thing that I could to cause a good feeling right there in that immediate moment, and cling to those things more than ever. The simple joys, the purity that you can surround yourself with that undeniably feels good -- don't question those things or doubt those things. That's what we're fighting to keep! So hold onto those while you have them."
Beck showed W.K. a piano that was in the main square in Kiev when Ukranians took to the streets against the Russians. He asked the musician, who learned how to play the piano around age 4, to play something that speaks of freedom and liberty.
Here is what he played:
More of the conversation, below:
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