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Bono is Speechless…Good!

cupofjoeIs there a time for keeping your distance?
For getting on with your day
A time for not waiting for Bono to speak
And hear what he has to say?

Just last week, a friend of mine asked me why Bono hasn’t spoken up about the Russian/Ukraine border dispute, the Israel/Palestine daily bombings or the Malaysian plane that was shot down or the one that disappeared somewhere west of Van Diemen’s Land? Which travesty or natural disaster warrants attention from the mouthpiece that hasn’t met a microphone or an epidemic he didn’t like? Sure, (RED) and The One Foundation may be doing work behind the scenes on all of these issues, but where is Bono? I mean, I know he’s hanging out with DiCaprio & Julian Lennon in Southern France, breaking the bread and drinking the wine, but where is he regarding these issues? I’ll tell you where he is…he’s standing at the intersection of I DON’T CARE  & NOR SHOULD YOU!

Are we that fragile, individually or as a community, that in order to feel better or to try to make sense of a horrific situation, we need to hear inspiring words from Bono? Do we need to see his thoughts take shape and walk right out on every travesty that strikes? Bono is already hated by half the world for his sticking his head over the parapet on a myriad of issues, do we want the other two thirds of the world hating him now too? ;). It just doesn’t add up.

The fact of the matter is, Bono is a man, not God. Yes, he may be able to articulate his thoughts better than 99% of us, but evil continues to live on, regardless of Bono speaking up or ceasing to speak. We need to stop looking to hear from Bono every time a war breaks out or another epidemic occurs. We need to start listening to something more important than Bono and that’s our own common sense. I, for one, don’t need to hear Bono speak about any of the tragedies listed above to know that ultra-violent evil still lurks in our world and it won’t be lighting our way.

Beneath the noise and below the din, that little voice you hear is your own common sense calling, a calling many of us push aside because of fear, but mostly because of apathy. The roar that lies on the other side of silence is filled with rage and anger. Imagine the world we lived in if the roar came before those who sought to dislocate, separate, isolate or desolate! Only then will we truly know silence and peace. If silence speaks louder than words, Bono’s silence should be heard worldwide by his fan base, meaning we should start speaking up for ourselves.

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This topic contains 24 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  alma 9 months, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #11017

    joepit
    Moderator

    Is there a time for keeping your distance? For getting on with your day A time for not waiting for Bono to speak And hear what he has to say? Just las
    [See the full post at: Bono is Speechless…Good!]

  • #11018

    alma
    Participant

    Oh my LORD – where did u find that photo of Bono? I can only hope that the next time he appears in a dream of mine he won’t look anything like that! Lol.

  • #11019

    joepit
    Moderator

    That’s the rage I think Bono feels when he knows he can’t or shouldn’t speak up about every tragedy.

  • #11020

    alma
    Participant

    “…Bono is a man, not God.”
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    Now Joe, I posted my previous comment after just seeing the photo – b4 reading the article – and I was already feeling a little bad to use the word “Lord” like I did on a Sunday when it’s only an article about U2. Did ya hafta go & make me feel bad for sure now – I mean..hey, wait a minute..on 2nd thought, since I never DID think the B-man was God..it’s all good! I’m good! 😀
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    Not only that – but when I was posting all the Billy Idol stuff over at ‘U2-dot-who-even-goes-there-anymore-com’ yesterday & today (Sunday!) as a Christian, I already thought all about how HE’s just human too & not..um..well You know..not really an “idol” & all that. Lol. 😀

  • #11023

    joepit
    Moderator

    Beware of false “Idols” & small men with big ideas. 😉

  • #11024

    Leeny
    Participant

    The roar that lies on the other side of silence…one of my favorite U2 lyrics! That and Every day I have to find the courage to walk out into the street.
    I have a post card on my bedroom mirror that quotes Eleanor Roosevelt:
    You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

  • #11025

    joepit
    Moderator

    That’s why I put it in, Leeny. 😉

  • #11026

    Leeny
    Participant

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

    Margaret Mead
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    If someone is looking for inspiration, there are plenty of quotes to be found. But if we spend all of our time seeking inspiration and never turning it into action then what good is that?
    That’s why I love the One campaign…it turns my fragile voice into a giant megaphone that is turning out to be one of the most effective weapons in the fight for justice.

  • #11027

    Leeny
    Participant

    And probably the toughest Bono line for me to listen to comes from Ave Maria: The wicked make so much noise mother, the righteous stay oddly still.
    How can I ever face Bono if I’ve spent most of my life oddly still?

  • #11028

    joepit
    Moderator

    Are you planning on running into Bono?

  • #11029

    Leeny
    Participant

    Dreaming out loud, friend.
    Just dreaming out loud.

  • #11030

    Leeny
    Participant

    Now what we REALLY need Bono to shout about is a birthday coming up this week.

  • #11031

    joepit
    Moderator

    The Edge on the 8th.

  • #11035

    alma
    Participant

    “I love the One campaign…it turns my fragile voice into a giant megaphone that is turning out to be one of the most effective weapons in the fight for justice.” Sing it, Leeny. :)
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    “Ave Maria: The wicked make so much noise mother, the righteous stay oddly still.” That whole ‘Bono singing opera’ thing – and that one line – it touched my heart – it was just so beautiful. I forget about it from time to time & think ‘how could I have forgotten.’ Even the Italian, operatic element in ‘Miss Sarajevo.’ Not many rock stars get to sing that kind of stuff.

  • #11055

    Chris
    Participant

    Wow…Leeny those are some harsh words from her…I could never manage to do what I wasn’t able to do…people have limits…We’re not God !!! That’s why we need God…

  • #11058

    joepit
    Moderator

    Chris, the sky is the limit! Eleanor Roosevelt’s words are meant to be more inspirational than literal. Those remarks were probably made during the Great Depression here in America. You’d have to ask Leeny, she was there back in the 1930’s, I wasn’t. 😉

  • #11060

    Chris
    Participant

    Wit that 30’s remark you’re sounding like Rick Harrison messing up with the Old Man on the show Pawn Stars !!! =)))))

  • #11065

    joepit
    Moderator

    Leeny is the old man of our group.

  • #11067

    alma
    Participant

    “Wow…Leeny those are some harsh words from her…I could never manage to do what I wasn’t able to do..”
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    Well, they weren’t meant to be harsh. They were meant to be inspirational – to get people to look higher sometimes & be their higher selves. Sometimes, the ability to do important, good things that we haven’t got enough courage to do comes from knowing that sometimes ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ & also comes from knowing others have faced the same or similar struggles & have done what they thought they couldn’t.
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    I once did something I knew I should do – that I hadn’t been able to bring myself to do for over a year. I knew that no matter what the result was, I’d have it off my conscience & I’d always know I’d done the right thing. When I had done it, I was surprised to discover it was like a big weight was taken off me that I hadn’t realized was there! :)

  • #11070

    alma
    Participant

    Oh, but I do agree, Chris, that there are times when we do need to turn to God.
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    The Great Depression was definitely one of those times in America.
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    Oh – and if Leeny was there I wouldn’t know it either, Joe, ‘cuz I weren’t there myself. Lol. 😀

  • #11074

    James
    Participant

    being interested in what a man, who has something to say about everything, has to say about these critical issues doesn’t equate to “fragile”
    I AGREE – NEEDING his opinion to carry on with life and to form one’s own opinion WOULD make one fragile .
    So as to not misquote or appear as misunderstanding your statement – no , we are NOT that fragile to need Bono’s words to make sense of it all – nothing he has to say could make ANY SENSE of gaza anyway

    “magnificent” points – bono is probably better off NOT saying anything
    we do not NEED him to speak
    “words and ideas can change the world “…..words CAN AND DO save lives

    would LOVE to hear what B man has to say ….don’t NEED it
    perhaps the man who speaks more eloquently than 99% of us , and who has more common sense than 75 % of us , and more energy and passion than 88% of us could ACTUALLY GET SOMETHING DONE ……
    NEVERMIND – I NEED, NEED , NEED THE NEW ALBUM!!!!

  • #11075

    joepit
    Moderator

    I agree about words changing lives, I’m referring to the knee jerk reaction by some. A tragedy occurs & their immediate response is, “Where’s Bono?”

  • #11084

    Chris
    Participant

    Joe…now I understand why the Old Man doesn’t like The Fly…

  • #11085

    Chris
    Participant

    Seems like Zootopia is down at the moment…What could possibly have happened?
    1. U2 (or Larry) stepped in to eliminate the mods !
    2. Nothing…It’s just Glitchy U2.com being Glitchy !!!

  • #11091

    alma
    Participant

    “A tragedy occurs & their immediate response is, “Where’s Bono?””
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    True. I’ve never known anyone to do that myself. Maybe tell yer friend to chill out a little & leave the B-man to his Pharrell Williams happy award-speeching? Lol.
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    James: Nevermind was a great album. Nevermind that it wasn’t by U2. 😉

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