English actor-comedian Russell Brand has reiterated his need for God in his life, insisting without Him he “cannot cope in this world.”
“I need spirituality,” Brand said to Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week. “I need God, or I cannot cope in this world.”
“As much as I might enjoy the feeling of privilege and luxury,” the star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall said to Carlson, “I remember what reality is.”
“I remember that my wellness is contingent upon spiritual connection, upon certain values and principles,” Brand continued, “and they, I’m sorry to admit, involve sacrifice and self-scrutiny about my own conduct and behavior, which often falls short, and I’m working on improving myself.”
“Like many desperate people, I need spirituality,” Brand said. “I need God, or I cannot cope in this world. I need to believe in the best in people.”
Carlson introduced the segment by highlighting Russell Brand's extensive career as an actor, comedian, and podcast host spanning several decades. Carlson also noted that Brand has recently emerged as one of the most compelling voices for truth in the English-speaking world, and has profound insights about God. Carlson expressed his admiration for Brand's depth and range of knowledge.
Last December Brand passed 20 years of sobriety.
“Because what I have been taught and shown is that it is impossible for a person like me to not drink and use drugs unless I have sufficient ongoing support from people that understand what it’s like to feel that drugs or alcohol, or, you know, certain behaviors are necessary in order to feel OK,” he said in December.
Apart from his criticisms of drug and alcohol abuse, the British actor has also been highly vocal about the harmful effects of pornography and the addiction it frequently creates.
“Pornography reduces the spectacle of sex to a kind of extracted physical act,” Brand said in 2015. There’s “a general feeling there in your core if you look at pornography that, ‘This isn’t what’s the best thing for me to do; this isn’t the best use of my time now.’ I don’t put that laptop lid down and think, ‘There, what a productive piece of time spent connecting with the world.’”
“I feel like, if I had total dominion over myself, I would never look at pornography again,” Brand said. “One day at a time, I’ll kick it out of my life.”
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