Glenn Beck on Monday spoke with his audience about the "simple" answers to today's problems, and the conversation involved a tent, a campfire, and looking up at the stars.
"Our problems seem so complex and I think that's why everyone is having such a hard time right now," Beck said on his television program. "Some people are out of work. Just going to the grocery stores and seeing the price of food now, how much stress is that adding? ... Then you add on top of all that stress all of the national and global problems. You have unrest, you have war, you have disease, you have the division. ... All of these things are happening right now and they are so big, none of us can get our arms around them."
Beck said the problems make us feel small "in a bad way," though sometimes it is good to remember how small we really are.
He walked to part of his set designed to look like a camp site, with a crackling fire and a tent in the background, before continuing.
"When I was in New York City just a couple of weeks ago, I was walking down the street, and I looked up at all these huge, huge buildings," Beck said. "And I was amazed at what man could do. But you don't see anything other than planes, another monument to man. You don't see anything in the night sky because the lights of the city block everything out."
"But if we would just stop for a second and fix our eyes above the clouds," Beck continued, "if we would look way up into the sky, and we would take the time to do what we used to do when we were kids and see the artistry, the canvas in the sky that is so grand, so vast, a brilliant masterpiece, something we cannot get our arms around in a good way, our cute little buildings pale in comparison."
Beck went camping with his children this summer, and though they all "smelled like smoke" and "slept on a rock," he said there was just something "good" about it.
"Being able to sit there and look up at the sky," Beck recalled. "Eventually it becomes quiet, and it is humbling to look out into the universe and realize the earth is a mere flicker in the sky to some planet even in our solar system, and humanity is just a tiny, tiny speck on that flicker."
Beck spoke at length about the universe and how much is unknown, using illustrations and images from the Hubble Telescope to indicate just how small America's problems are.
"If the problems of the day make you feel small, look up. Get away from the cities and look up," he suggested.
But Beck said that just because we are small, that does not mean we are insignificant.
"There are so many things that divide us ... [but] when you think about it, we are in the most exclusive club in all of the universe," he said. "We're humans. We're earthlings. Life out of trillions of stars and countless galaxies. ... We have everything in common. Life is a ridiculously awesome miracle, and yet we don't even notice that anymore. We don't value life. With each passing day we seem to devalue life. And we begin to believe our problems are so huge -- they're not. Our biggest problems in the world are still unbelievably small."
"The point is, we have more in common than not," Beck said. "Why are we at each other's throats right now? The bonds that bring us together are stronger than those that tear us apart."
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