Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the official guest host of The Tennessee Star Report, Grant Henry in studio for an uplifting edition of Grant’s Rants.
Leahy: It’s time for Grant’s Rants brought to you every Tuesday by Grant Henry, the official guest host of The Tennessee Star Report. Grant, what is your rant today?
Henry: Well, look, I realized that we’re sitting in some politically tumultuous times. There might be a lot of depression going on, even some kind of existential dread if you’re conservative.
You don’t know why we exist right now. But I’m telling you, I think we can find encouragement during these times. I think we can find purpose behind this chaos.
There is a calling to make order out of this chaos honestly. These are the times that are meant to build character, you see, to build strength, to test resolve. These are the times that are meant to show the enemy what we are made of.
These are the most important times to be alive and hold the values that we hold now because the world needs bold truth-tellers now more than ever. I think about in the mid-80s when these scientists were trying to build these biodomes and they put everything in every one of these biodomes.
And it all worked well. Except for the trees. They couldn’t figure out how to grow these trees past a certain height until one scientist realized, why don’t we introduce some wind? And when they introduced wind, the trees grew roots.
The political winds that we’re sitting in right now are helping to grow these community roots. So I’m asking all of you listening to my voice right now, consider, how are you going to contribute?
How are you going to use your unique God-given gifts to contribute to the community? Again, our guy, Jonathan Hyatt, wrote the Coddling of the American Mind talking about this term called antifragility.
It’s the opposite of what they’re teaching on college campuses right now. It’s the opposite of safe spaces. It’s the opposite of you being a perpetual victim. Antifragility says that it is because of life’s stressors and shocks and volatility that we grow.
In fact, the tumultuous times are the only things that truly create progress. There’s a multitude of neuroscientific data to support this very notion. Nicholas Taleb said that wind extinguishes a candle but energizes a fire.
We should desire to be the fire and wish for the wind. And I’m telling ya’ll, it’s not just about turning chaos into order. It’s not just this pursuit to bring sanity back into our schools or to bring rationality back into the legislature.
This is where true meaning in life comes from. Victor Frankl tells us this. What a man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather than striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.
What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. That is the listener base of this program Michael, I’m telling you.
Leahy: And there we have Grant’s Rants this morning.
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