A couple of days ago I watched a free download from the iTunes music store. It was a 30 min. NBC special in which some news guy spent some time traipsing around Africa following Bono as he visited with dignitaries and ordinary citizens.
Unless you are a huge U2 fan, this may not sound very interesting.
I think that after watching this show, I am a bigger fan of Bono the Activist than I am of Bono the Rock Star. And I would even say that I have a deeper appreciation for some of the latest U2 tracks which I admittedly hadn't fallen in love with, after putting them in the context of Bono's work in Africa.
The one thing that he said that really stuck with me (and I'm paraphrasing here) is that we have all seen the pictures of starving African children with flies in their eyes asking for our help. The problem with this is it appeals to our sense of pity. He said that this is the wrong approach, and that America is the greatest country in the world because it is a great idea. He said that instead of appealing to our pity, the campaigns that he is involved with need to appeal to our goodness.
I really liked this because sometimes after watching the news and just TV in general, I get pretty pessimistic about America. I often feel as though most people aren't good or decent.
Maybe the truth is that most people are good. Maybe most people believe in right and wrong.
Get on iTunes and download the Bono interview. It's worth it.