Last Tuesday, Glenn Beck gave a brilliant analogy of the two types of people we have in the world today. And he used two historical events in our nation's history, to illustrate it.
The year was 1969.
On July 20, 1969, millions of people around the world watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. It was one of the events that changed Americans in some way. It was their WOW moment.
Another event took place that summer. Glenn Beck describes it as follows:
"For three days, 500,000 people hedonistically celebrated everything that the people who are watching the moon landing thought was bad in life. And they did all under the banner of love. Whoa, man, you're harsh my mellow with the love thing. Yes, it was groovy at Woodstock.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't know, I don't think the orgies in the mud with people you met 15 minutes ago, you know, as country Joe is screaming the "F" word on stage is the basis for anything that's lasting in the happiness department."
He went on to say, "There were two major camps in America: those whose imaginations were captured by the spirit of adventure, innovation, ingenuity, the Apollo Project; and those who were the sex, drugs and anti-establishment mud people of Woodstock."
Beck then aksed, "Which person are you? Which of the two events was the most important to you? Which one was the most important to America?"
Hands down, the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission was it for me. I felt proud, and still do, that fellow Americans achieved the greatest technological and scientific advancement of the 20th century.
I was 14 at the time both of these events took place. I thought those at Woodstock, even at that young age, that the ones at Woodstock were wasting their lives away and probably wouldn't make it past the age of 30, with their reckless lifestyles.
I feel the same way today as I did back there. 1969 was a 'turning point' year for America, and for millions of Americans. The direction it turned is what makes the difference.
So, which person are you? Which event is the most important to you? Which event do you think is the most important, or should be the most important, to Americans?