Last night, Glenn Beck had Al Sharpton on his show and the Earth didn’t explode or erupt into a giant inferno. Nor were there any massive earthquakes or natural disasters. But there was a civilized discussion between two of the most hated men in politics. Maybe they got along so well because they didn’t really talk about anything. The conversation centered mainly on how they disagree with each other but support the other’s right to spread ridiculous opinions. They even largely managed to avoid awkward moments (exceptions: Beck thinking Sharpton is 75 and Beck attempting to equate tea partiers to Civil Rights activists). But there’s a lesson in this story and it’s an encouraging one: If Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton can even find things to agree on, maybe there is hope for the rest of us after all.