If you missed Bono speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast (it was on C-Span) then you missed a special treat. This guy has grown from your typical passionate, yet misguided celebrity to one of the most eloquent, non divisive speakers I have heard (Tony Blair is one of my favorite speakers; Bono has become that good).
Bono on Justice:
From charity to justice, the good news is yet to come. There’s much more to do. There’s a gigantic chasm between the scale of the emergency and the scale of the response.
And finally, it’s not about charity after all, is it? It’s about justice.
Let me repeat that: It’s not about charity, it’s about justice.
And that’s too bad.
Because you’re good at charity. Americans, like the Irish, are good at it. We like to give, and we give a lot, even those who can’t afford it.
But justice is a higher standard. Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice; it makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties, it doubts our concern, it questions our commitment.
6,500 Africans are still dying every day of a preventable, treatable disease, for lack of drugs we can buy at any drug store. This is not about charity, this is about Justice and Equality.
Bono on God:
A number of years ago, I met a wise man who changed my life. In countless ways, large and small, I was always seeking the Lord’s blessing. I was saying, you know, I have a new song, look after it… I have a family, please look after them… I have this crazy idea…
And this wise man said: stop.
He said, stop asking God to bless what you’re doing.
Get involved in what God is doing, because it’s already blessed.
I like a guy who challenges our President but does not embarrass him (and, yes, hanging out with Jesse Helms: crazy like a fox).
Anyway, the full text of the speech is here.
If you wish to see Video of Bono’s speech (Windows Media, direct link).