On Celebrities and Their Causes
"In the 21st century, what does America want to do? The 2008 election might give some clues. Whoever wins holds the most powerful office in the world, which is why the world is so interested. As an Irish bystander, I think the candidate most likely to succeed is the one who most people can believe can build respect for the American flag in the wider world. Figuring out how to do that is America's great challenge. Our global challenge is figuring out what to do about the extreme, stupid poverty which sees millions die each year because they are too poor to live. Nowhere more than Africa. Is it too much of a stretch to think these challenges can be connected? It's hard to hate a country which puts your kids in school and gives medication to save your husband's life."
I have some friends who criticize celebrities who promote causes. Whether the criticism is fair or cynical depends on the sincerity of the celebrity. It seems to me that for every celebrity using a cause to elevate his or her profile, there is at least one who is sincere. The length of time promoting a cause and the sincerity of the effort offer clues that allow us to separate the self-serving celeb from the caring citizen. For his tenure and his passion, I put Bono in the latter category.
Silly post script - Recently, I saw a bumper sticker I really liked. It read: "Funny, I was just thinking the same thing about you."
Enjoy your day.